Practice Areas

EU-US Privacy Shield for data transfers ruled as invalid

The Office of the Data Protection Authority in Guernsey (ODPA) has warned companies in the Bailiwick to be aware of the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment which affects all businesses who transfer personal data outside of the Bailiwick and the European Union (EU).

Recognition and Assistance for PRC Insolvency in Hong Kong

Synopsis A recent case in Hong Kong, has demonstrated both the ability and willingness of common law courts to recognise insolvency appointments made by the courts of the People’s Republic of China (‘PRC’), and to grant appropriate assistance at common law. It is to be hoped that this proven track record will pave the way for easier recognition of common law court appointed liquidators in PRC, where, unlike in common law countries, such recognition is subject to the principle of reciprocity.

New LCIA Arbitration Rules: In force on 1 October 2020

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) recently released its updated arbitration rules (the “2020 Rules”) which will come into force from 1 October 2020 and will apply to any arbitration commenced under the auspices of the LCIA on or after this date. The 2020 Rules, in the LCIA’s own words, aim to make the arbitral processes “even more streamlined and clear” for arbitrators and parties alike. We summarise nine key changes and one omission.

Mishcon disputes partner exits for Stephenson Harwood

Mishcon de Reya has lost a member of its disputes team to Stephenson Harwood, in what is the City firm’s second departure this week. The departure of financial disputes partner Genevieve Quierin follows on from that of Ben Giaretta, who this week joined Fox Williams. Quierin has spent more than three years at Mishcon, where […]

Victoria's Secret

Linklaters and Eversheds lead on Next’s takeover of Victoria’s Secret

Linklaters and Eversheds Sutherland have won the key advisory mandates on Next’s deal to resurrect Victoria’s Secret UK. Under the newly-formed joint venture Next will acquire a 51 per cent in the lingerie brand, ensuring that it will continue to have a high street presence. Eversheds has taken the lead for Next, led by co-chair […]

High Court decision on business interruption claims for Covid related losses

The High Court has now handed down judgment in the eagerly awaited test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) against 8 insurers to determine whether policyholders can make business interruption (BI) claims for losses arising from disruption and closure of their businesses caused by Covid-19.

The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited & Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm)

Judgment in the landmark business interruption insurance test case has been handed down by a first instance court consisting of Flaux LJ and Butcher J. The case was brought by the Financial Conduct Authority as a test case to determine issues of principle in relation to policy coverage under various specimen wordings underwritten by eight defendant insurers in respect of business interruption claims by policyholders arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice of and restrictions imposed by the UK government in consequence.

Blockchain: Legal and Regulatory Guidance

A report providing legal and regulatory guidance on distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been published by The Law Society, working in conjunction with the Tech London Advocates’ Blockchain Legal and Regulatory Group