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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 […]

English Courts grant freezing order against unidentified individuals

By Nick Curling In CMOC v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3599 (Comm) the claimant, China Molybdenum Company (CMOC), successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order against a class of unknown respondents. This was the first time the English Courts have granted a freezing order against unidentified individuals. Background The claim underlying CMOC’s freezing order application related to losses […]

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Diana's legacy entrusted to safe pair of hands

It may have made top City firms green with envy, but Mishcons was the natural choice to handle Diana’s probate, reports Robert Lindsay. A certain amount of envy was apparent among the City’s top-notch trust and estate lawyers when it became clear that Mishcon de Reya had been instructed on the probate for Princess Diana’s […]

Hegarty & Co pays out £19,000 to settle claim

The firm of senior Law Society Council member Richard Hegarty has paid its conveyancing clerk £19,000 to settle her industrial tribunal claim that she was being paid less than her male colleagues. But the claim could still lead to disciplinary action by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) if it finds that Hegarty […]

London firm courts crash victims with press advert

A LONDON firm of solicitors has taken a proactive approach to attracting clients following the Southall train crash, by advertising for victims of the accident to contact it. Matthew Arnold & Baldwin placed an advert in the London Evening Standard last week, asking: “Were you hurt in the Southall train crash? Are you suffering from […]

Real value-for-money juniors

First-rate seniors are very much in demand but they have their price. Leo Schulz discovers who the first-rate juniors are. Given the specialisation of solicitors and the emphasis on in-depth expertise in the use of counsel, the popularity of juniors (and, in some cases, barristers who are very junior) at the bar is somewhat surprising. […]

The princess, the public and the paparazzi

Extreme invasion of privacy by the media has driven some to desperate measures. Paul Kaufman speaks out for those who lack the resources to protect themselves. Paul Kaufman is a partner at Wiseman Lee. The extraordinary coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, prompts a number of observations. Like most in my field, […]

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