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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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BCCI costs hearing: Stadlen attacks ‘disgraceful’ Deloittes, Lovells

Fountain Court Chambers’ Nicholas Stadlen QC, appearing for the Bank of England, has slammed Lovells for failing to turn up for the BCCI costs hearing which began on Monday (30 January). Stadlen yesterday derided the liquidator’s legal team and the collapsed bank’s liquidators, Deloittes, who also did not atttend the expected four-day hearing before Mr […]

BPP set to offer BVC in Leeds

BPP Law School is set to become the only national provider of the BVC after announcing plans to offer the course in Leeds. The Bar Council validated BPP to run the BVC out of its one-year-old Leeds branch from September 2006. BPP will offer 48 full-time and 48 part-time BVC courses in Leeds. Manchester Metropolitan […]

Lawyer: Chinese govt tried to kill me

China’s most prominent human rights (HR) lawyer is claiming that the Chinese authorities tried to kill him after they had closed his law firm. The matter raises questions about how liberal China’s legal market really is. Gao Zhisheng, who has a similar reputation in China to UK lawyers such as Shami Chakrabarti or Clive Stafford […]

Cripps appoints new senior partner

Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall has elected Michael Stevens as new senior partner. Real estate partner Stevens takes over in May from Andrew Fermor, who has been in the post for the last eight years. Fermor will return to full-time fee-earning once Stevens begins his five-year tenure. Stevens told The Lawyer: “I see my role as that […]

Lichfield’s warm welcome

A little-known fact kindly provided by Lichfield firm Keelys Solicitors. “The last person to be burnt at the stake was in Lichfield. Edward Wightman from Burton upon Trent was burnt at the stake in the Market Place on 11 April 1612.” Now that’s one way to sell your firm.

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