High Court delivers ruling in Facebook data transfer case

On 14 May 2021, the High Court delivered its ruling in the latest Schrems-related action in which Facebook challenged the legality of the Data Protection Commission (DPC) decision to investigate the transfer by Facebook of EU individuals’ personal data to the US. The High Court has rejected Facebook’s challenge thus paving the way for the DPC investigation to proceed.

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Newcastle United FC and the “reasonable bystander” test

Newcastle United Football Club (Newcastle) recently applied to remove the chair of the arbitration panel due to consider the Premier League’s rejection of a proposed takeover of the club. The English High Court (Court) ruled that Michael Beloff QC could continue in his role, as Newcastle’s allegation of bias did not meet the “reasonable bystander” test.

SFDR Level 2 – 7 Months To Go

1 January 2022 is the next key compliance deadline for funds and fund managers under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR). It is also the scheduled effective date of SFDR Level 2 measures, a complex and prescriptive set of technical compliance standards (currently at various stages of finalisation) for SFDR. To support compliance preparations, […]

Impecunious plaintiffs and security for costs – a new leg to the test

The Irish Supreme Court recently refined the legal test to be applied in security for costs applications against corporate plaintiffs. The Supreme Court introduced a new leg to the proper approach to such applications. In certain circumstances, the court must consider whether is it likely that the proceedings will be “stifled” by an order for security. This consideration should be taken into account in assessing the rights of the parties and the approach that will cause the least injustice to them.

Medical devices regulation – applicable from 26 May 2021

Amidst much anticipation, the Medical Devices Regulation becomes fully applicable across the EU from today, 26 May 2021. These Regulations represent a long-awaited strengthening of the European regulatory system for medical devices.

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Moving to the Cayman Islands

Boasting an enviable lifestyle, modern infrastructure and a highly sophisticated financial services industry and all within a short flight of Miami and other US cities, the Cayman Islands check all the boxes for individuals seeking to relocate to a tax-neutral jurisdiction. As a result, the Cayman Islands have evolved into an increasingly popular place of residence for internationally mobile “remote-workers” and high-net-worth individuals from around the world.

FCA consults on new consumer duty in retail financial markets

Following the April 2019 publication of its feedback statement on a duty of care and potential alternative approaches, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting until 31 July 2021 on a new Consumer Duty that would set clearer and higher expectations for firms’ standards of care towards consumers.

Tech companies: three things you should know from the 2021-22 Quebec budget

The Québec Budget 2021–2022 includes measures encouraging investment to accelerate technology adoption and strengthens several tax measures aimed at the technology sector. The three key tax measures that tech businesses and entrepreneurs should know about are discussed below.

Workplace testing and vaccinations: What employers need to know

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