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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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Westminster Six battle set for autumn

Roger Pearson reports Dame Shirley Porter and her former council officers are to appeal the £31.6m surcharge order in October. A date in October has been scheduled for a hearing in which a £31.6m surcharge on Dame Shirley Porter and five ex-colleagues on Wesminster City Council is to be challenged. The surcharge order, which has […]

LLP disclosure a “step too far” says accountant

The Department of Trade and Industry’s current disclosure requirements for limited liability partnerships (LLPs) would be a step too far for law firms, according to accountants Clark Whitehill. Speaking at a seminar on the proposed legislation, Clark Whitehill chair James Gemmell invited lawyers to join him in lobbying the new government to remove some of […]

Betts sweeps in to break up Law Soc's Redditch centre

Jane Betts, the Law Society secretary general, has broken up the society’s Redditch-based standards and training directorate and placed staff there under a series of different heads, in the wake of the resignation of its head John Randall. The reorganisation has shocked staff, who first heard of it on 9 May when Betts travelled to […]

Heavyweights show their muscle

The Lawyer has sounded out those in the know to find which silks are considered the champions of the commercial bar. The leading practitioners in this area have singled out the ‘premier league’ of silks, senior juniors and juniors to watch in the future. This list is not exhaustive but is based on the subjective […]

Are staff a tangible economic activity?

Back to basics is what the European Court of Justice (ECJ) seemed to be advocating in its celebrated decision on transfers of undertakings in Ayse Suzen v Zehnacker. This is because Suzen seemed to be returning to a fundamentalist analysis of the nature of an economic entity, and the core ingredients of a transfer in […]

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