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Impact of DSARs in the GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

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Nursing union plans cut in legal advisers

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Scuffle of the week

Mohamed Al Fayed v former Tory minister Neil Hamilton. Hamilton, represented by Desmond Browne QC of 5 Raymond Buildings, is suing Al Fayed, represented by George Carman QC of New Court Chambers, for defamation over comments he made during a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary about the alleged cash-for-questions affair that finished Hamilton’s political career. The […]

New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

Judges cannot be banned from the bench for being gay, a Freemason or a member of a sports club, the Court of Appeal has decided. The country’s three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the […]

Pennon Group (formally South West Water)

In July this year, South West Water, the principal subsidiary of Pennon Group, came under fire for awarding huge pay rises after three of the top directors at South West Water’s parent company cashed in share options. The group subsequently became the subject of much controversy since the decision to bestow salary increases of well […]

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