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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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Satellite litigation

By common consent, the 2004 statutory dispute resolution procedures were not a success, and produced an avalanche of satellite litigation. They have been variously described as ‘inappropriately inflexible and prescriptive’ (Gibbons Report), ‘the middle of a manky meat sandwich’ (Hansard) and ‘rebarbative’ (Underhill J). From April 2009 they will be replaced by a shorter, more […]

Special report: Insurance

Insurers everywhere are bracing themselves for an upsurge in claims as the global economy slides into recession. And this when the UK insurance market is experiencing some fundamental changes relating to how it handles claims. The legal side of insurance is repositioning to seize the opportunities arising as the market evolves. Kennedys, for example, is […]

Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London

Wilsons bags BLP charity head; will open in London” />Salisbury-based charity and private client firm Wilsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner‘s (BLP) head of charity and is to open a London office in the next 12 months. Moira Protani (pictured), a BLP partner and head of the charities team, will join Wilsons on 1 September […]

Shrubsall, aka Nostradamus

One Essex Court senior clerk Paul Shrubsall went into semi-retirement last Thursday (31 July) and was invited to speak at the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks’ (IBC) annual ­dinner for his swan song. Tulkinghorn, as usual, was there in spirit, ­watching and listening through the eyes and ears of one of his spies. The mole reported […]

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Star Wars: attack on the clones struck down

Litigation firm SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down George Lucas’ High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the Star Wars stormtrooper helmets. Litigation boutique SimmonsCooperAndrew has struck down film-maker George Lucas’ galactic High Court battle for ownership of the IP rights to the stormtrooper helmets from the Star Wars films. Mr Justice Mann ruled […]

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