By David Cullen The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has clarified the ambiguity which has surrounded the interpretation of Article 8 of the Community Design Regulation (EC) no 6/2002 (CDR); the provision which excludes from design protection those design features which are dictated solely by technical function. The ECJ’s decision in Doceram v CeramTec (C-395/16), a […]
By Kellie O’Flynn With the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in effect, one of the emerging considerations is whether its provisions – specifically Article 80 – open the door to ‘class action’ style privacy cases. Several European countries have already legislated for varying degrees of collective actions, particularly in the area of consumer protection, […]
By Owen O’Sullivan, Richard Breen, Lisa Carty One of the many implications of the new Data Protection Act 2018 is that pursuant to section 159 of the Act the rules of the courts (at all levels) have been changed to allow access to court records for bona fide members of the press or broadcast media. Although the media […]
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, published the Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018 on 2 August 2018 with the aim of significantly clarifying, strengthening and modernising the law relating to the reporting of deaths to coroners. The Bill, once enacted, will amend the Coroners Act 1962. The Bill allows for a wider scope of […]
By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…
On 12 March 2019, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) published the final version of the revised Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing(the Handbook). The revisions to the rules and guidance in the Handbook, together with the revised legislation (the new Schedule 3 to the Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, […]
The Ogier team continues to be at the forefront of industry developments. Our lead story is from Brian Lacy and Grant Carroll who successfully represented the applicants in the first ever “soft touch” provisional liquidation in the BVI.
By Anne-Gaëlle Delabye, Bertrand Géradin, Tara Kapur The Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, CNPD) has published a list of processing operations which require a mandatory data protection impact assessment in accordance with article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What is a data protection impact assessment […]
By Branimir Rajšić As of 1 January 2019, a new Property Transfer Tax Law is applicable for the transfer of property in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, and the entire Sarajevo Canton (published in the Official Gazette of the Sarajevo Canton no. 28/18). The new law regulates tax issues on real estate transfers, as well […]
By Branimir Rajšić Under the new Contributions Act, mandatory insurance now covers management board members, executive directors and liquidators in companies, unless they have mandatory insurance on another basis. When appointed to those functions (even when not employed), they are obliged to pay contributions on a monthly basis. This obligation includes contributions for pension insurance […]
William Fry advised Enstar Group in the sale of its Irish life insurance company Laguna Life DAC to Monument Re. The William Fry team was led by Insurance and Reinsurance Partner, Eoin Caulfield, who was assisted by Solicitor, Catherine Carrigy.
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Italian powerhouse BonelliErede has entered into early-stage merger negotiations with a litigation-focused firm, as it looks to bulk up its credentials in this area, The Lawyer can reveal. BonelliErede is in discussions with local law firm Lombardi Segni, marking the first merger in the Italian market in more than three years and involving one of the country’s […]
Eversheds Sutherland has made a timely hire one year on from the introduction of the new Telecoms Code, taking on Fladgate’s head of real estate litigation and telecommunications specialist Thekla Fellas. Fellas joins Eversheds on 1 April to build a team around her specialism in “Telecoms Code” disputes. Her appointment follows the controversial Electronic Communications […]
The revenue of Simmons & Simmons’ flexible resourcing unit has grown 230 per cent to £10m in the space of one financial year, The Lawyer has learned. The Adaptive service, which was launched in 2014 following an uptick in work in London and growing demand for secondees and specialist lawyers involved in one-off projects, grossed […]
Litigation funder Therium has secured $1.07bn (£816.6m) in its latest round of investment, making it the largest fund raised by the business in its 11-year history. The sum is five times higher than the amount it raised in February 2018 and includes investment from an unnamed sovereign wealth fund which is thought to make it […]
Axiom Managed Solutions (AMS), one of two new companies spun out of locum lawyer business Axiom prior to its pending IPO, has appointed a financial adviser to help source potential investors and, ultimately, a significant injection of capital. AMS, which is understood to have a turnover of between $50m and $100m, has appointed Livingstone Partners, […]