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GDPR and the Cayman Data Protection Law for Insurance Managers (and clients)

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, or GDPR, is a set of EU regulations aimed at the protection of personal data and privacy of natural persons (not corporations) based within the EU. The GDPR has extraterritorial effect in that it applies to the processing of personal data of persons who are situated in the EU […]

The Private Funds Law and the Cayman Islands’ Status with the EU

In February 2020 the EU included the Cayman Islands on its Annex 1 list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes; the so-called “black list”. Whilst the Cayman Islands Government had endeavoured to address the EU’s concerns in respect of the regulation of collective investment vehicles through the passing of The Private Funds Law (the “PFL”) and The Mutual Funds (Amendment) Law on 31 January 2020, the laws were only enacted on 7 February.

BVI Norwich Pharmacal orders unaffected by Broad Idea

Since the Court of Appeal’s decision in Broad Idea International Ltd v. Convoy Collateral Ltd BVIHCMAP 2019/0026 was handed down on 29 May this year, our litigation team has frequently been asked to advise on the impact of that decision on the BVI Court’s jurisdiction to grant interlocutory relief in aid of foreign proceedings, and Norwich Pharmacal orders in “support” of intended foreign proceedings. In relation to interlocutory relief generally, the reality is that, post Broad Idea (No 2), the position is now somewhat uncertain.

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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

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