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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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Legal and General faces court

Estate agents Connell Residential and associate company, Connell Financial Services, are to take Legal and General Assurance to the High Court in a battle over insurance commission. The companies accuse Legal and General of stopping payment of commission on around 10,000 policies sold around 1996. They allege Legal and General has refused, in breach of […]

Lawyers must keep independence

Shadow Attorney General Edward Garnier QC argues that Lord Irvine’s plans for a Criminal Defence Service threaten the constitutional role of the judiciary. On 5 July, the Lord Chancellor made a speech to the Third Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference in Edinburgh. He concentrated his remarks on what he called the “cornerstone issues” of judicial […]

Former NUJ legal officer takes union to tribunal

The former legal officer for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is taking the union to an employment tribunal after it moved its out-of-house legal work from Stephens Innocent to Thompsons. Sally Gilbert, now a senior solicitor in Stephens Innocent’s employment department, is claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract, saying her role was greatly […]

Taking shares as fees could pay dividends

In the week in which Dixons’ Freeserve became the first big new media flotation in the UK, having a stake in an IT company appeared to offer the promise of huge profits to come. Whether those who are surfing the stockmarket as well as the web will see those profits in the short term, of […]

The Firm

Speech given by Jack Pratchard at a recent partners meeting. …You know me. I’m the rainmaker – I don’t often dip my toe into Lake Law. But when Toby Tucker, chief executive of Tucker’s Quarrying Limited, demands our top man to help set up Tucker’s Kingdom of Slate – the largest slate wholesaler in Dorset […]

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