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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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Time to call the headline hunters

Mention ‘chancery’ and most people think of Dickens’ Bleak House, where the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce “dragged its dreary length before the court, perennially hopeless”. Ask a chancery lawyer what it is and they will say chancery practice is essentially about companies, trusts and tax. One leading practitioner considers it “the most academic of […]

Shooting stars of the Bar

Many law firms, irrespective of size, will use either the very senior or the very junior barristers for chancery work. The work in the middle range will be kept in-house. The qualities considered most important in chancery barristers are clarity, perception, an ability to pay attention to technical detail and being able to provide a […]

In brief: Conference to debate women's rights

Womens’ rights around the world will be the subject of a British Council/Warwick University conference on 26-28 February in Stratford-upon-Avon. A follow up to the Bejing Declaration on Women’s Rights, the conference will take further the debate that the law and legal strategies can play a part in promoting womens’ rights and inclusion within society. […]

Victims of Barings collapse ready themselves for battle

SJ BERWIN is preparing to launch a legal action on behalf of investors in collapsed merchant bank Barings which could in part be defended by Barings administrators. Slaughter and May, the administrators’ main lawyers, may be asked to defend the action. However, Ashurst Morris Crisp, brought in by Slaughters because of potential conflicts arising from […]

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