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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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No more Mr Nasty Guy?

Anne Mizzi reports on Herbert Smith’s efforts to reposition itself as a corporate rather than litigation-centred firm. Herbert Smith – which elected head of corporate Richard Bond to senior partner last week – is, according to observers, the next likely candidate for a major transatlantic merger. The firm is known internationally for its litigation, but, […]

Working holidays are a grey area

I am a senior consultant with Learned Friends, an Australian-owned legal recruitment agency. We naturally attract a lot of qualified Australian, New Zealand and South African lawyers who come to the UK on a variety of visas, including the two-year working holiday visa. It was with considerable interest therefore that I read Ms Onslow-Cole’s article […]

It's been a good week for…

Dental hygiene. Lawyers have relentlessly pursued tobacco manufacturers for causing lung cancer to smokers, with little success. Now a new action is being launched along the same lines – by toothache sufferers against sweetie manufacturers. Eileen Catterson – a former Miss Scotland and girlfriend of former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow (above) – is […]

GM crops collapse before the law

The Government’s support for research into GM technology comes at a cost to the legal process. Peter Roderick explains why. Peter Roderick is the legal officer at Friends of the Earth. I will look back on 1999 as the year in which the British public said “no” to genetically-modified (GM) crops and foods. Consumers won’t […]

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Minutes of a marketing strategy meeting at The Firm attended by Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson and Rodney Bickerthwaite, the new director of business coordination, strategy, development and coordinated strategic development. Pratchard: Marketing is very important. According to this survey firms spend £2,900 per fee earner on it. But I just can’t keep up with the […]

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