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The Changing Face of Digital ID in Jersey and Guernsey

The problem of confirming identity without face-to-face meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought digital systems for the verification of identity (“Digital ID”) into focus, and may well accelerate the transition from paper based to digital systems as the default means of verifying identity. The Guernsey Financial Services Commission (“GFSC”) and Jersey Financial Services Commission […]

Irish High Court directs remote hearing of witness action

COVID-19 and the associated social distancing and other public health measures have had far-reaching practical consequences for court hearings. From the outset of the pandemic, the courts adapted quickly by introducing full remote hearings – initially for appeal hearings that did not require witnesses to give evidence, but also more recently for hearings involving witnesses. […]

What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a set of emotional and social skills that influence how we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain relationships, manage changes and challenges, and use the information provided by emotions to make good decisions.

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Vannin Capital has halted its intended flotation on the London Stock Exchange, a month after it hired Allen & Overy’s former head David Morley to spearhead the move. Morley joined the funder in September as its non-executive chairman. He was a partner at the magic circle firm for 18 years – spending eight years as its […]

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Vannin names Fountain Court clerk as its new MD

Litigation funder Vannin Capital has hired Fountain Court Chambers deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn as managing director and he will join its London office this October. Martenstyn has spent the last decade at Fountain Court, joining in 2008 as a clerk before being named to his current role three years later. Prior to joining the […]

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Vannin Capital to fund £450m case against Credit Suisse

Litigation funder Vannin Capital has stepped up to fund a High Court battle between the owner of the largest oil and gas project in Azerbaijan and Credit Suisse International (CSI). Private equity-backed Vannin is pumping some of its £100m litigation fund into the case launched by Dr Zaur Leshkasheli’s against CSI – a subsidiary of Credit […]

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After Burford, litigation funders need a healthy dose of transparency

Litigation funders live and breathe disputes, but this was not the sort of dispute Burford Capital was used to. On August 8, Burford’s share price plunged 66 per cent after a ferocious attack from San Francisco-based hedge fund Muddy Waters, whose founder Carson Black questioned the accuracy of the funders accounting practices. Black described the […]

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