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Deadline for notification of AML officer appointments is 31 December

By Maree Martin The deadline for regulated funds to notify the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) of their appointment of an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer (together “AML Officers”) is 31 December 2018. The appointments were required to have been made by 30 September 2018. Unregulated funds are […]

Romania: Cybersecurity – Call for action for major companies in critical sectors

By Daniele Iàcona, Costin Sandu The first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity is expected to be transposed into Romanian law anytime now, bringing into play enhanced system security obligations for major companies in certain sectors, as well as fines of up to 5 % of non-compliant companies’ turnover. Romania is on its way to finalising the second […]

Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Take nothing for granted – legal privilege and internal investigations

By Nick Williams, Rebecca McNulty The subject of legal professional privilege has been back in the spotlight recently, with the English Court of Appeal decision in SFO v. ENRC substantially reversing the original High Court decision. This stops – at least for now – the erosion of a fundamental legal principle: that a person can seek legal […]

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Solicitors on the prowl for competent commercial counsel are finding that there are some very able juniors out there…As in any area of practice, the highly-rated sets are the first ports of call for commercial litigation solicitors in search of counsel. What solicitors in this area are looking for are counsel who “work hard and […]

KPMG Dublin hires duo to build up legal muscle

The Dublin branch of ‘Big Six’ accountancy firm KPMG has recruited a solicitor and a barrister to head a new department which will make further inroads into the legal market. Solicitor Caoive Collins and barrister Michael O’Toole are to be in charge of the new Corporate Legal Advisory Services (CLAS) department, which replaces the Company […]

Ex-Law Soc five in Regis complaint

Five former senior Law Society officials, including John Hayes, the chairman of the pensions regulator Opra, and the insurance ombudsman Walter Merricks, are named in a 17-page letter of complaint to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors over the management of the Regis computer project. The other three are Jane Hern, John Randall and […]

Specialists pull plug on med neg work

DWINDLING legal aid payments and the Woolf Report recommendations have forced a Manchester firm to close its medical negligence department in what could become a trend for closures. Betesh Fox & Co shut up shop after taking a “pragmatic business decision” that medical negligence work was no longer “commercially viable”, even though the firm set […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Lynda Martin Alegi

Lynda Martin Alegi was born in Liverpool on 7 March 1952. She is a partner at Baker & McKenzie. What was your first job? Papergirl. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £1,500. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Been a kept woman. Which law could you live […]

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