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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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Four-day house buying promise from Marsons

A radical all-in-one property package, which could cut thousands of solicitors out of the conveyancing process, is to be launched this year by Marsons solicitors and insurance giant First American. Brian Marson, senior partner of London firm Marsons, said under his plan, for which a launch date had yet to be fixed, sellers will pay […]

The road to client choice

I agree entirely with John Edge (Letters, 25 March) that the profession must recognise “that it is standing at a cross-roads as far as conveyancing is concerned” and that “if the wrong road is chosen, it will prove an unmitigated disaster for high street practitioners”. However, I do not think his proposal goes far enough […]

Which? poll highlights mistrust of solicitors

Solicitors are not usually the preferred first port of call for people facing legal problems, a survey by consumer magazine Which? has found. Which? surveyed 1,892 people over the age of 15 by personal interview to find out how much they knew about their legal rights and sources of legal advice. This was followed up […]

In brief: LAB ploughs ahead with Green Form pilot

The Legal Aid Board is to “go ahead as planned” with the launch of its green form block contract pilot on 1 August even if the Law Society boycott continues, according to policy adviser Alison McGarrity. McGarrity said it was “unlikely” the LAB would “move further” on its current proposals on payment for the administrative […]

Research pays off

Barrister Becket Bedford from Birmingham will see several years of research come to fruition this month with the publication of two specialist European law texts. European Travel Law, published by Wiley, and Public Procurement Enforcement and Remedies in Europe, published by Butterworths, have been co-edited by the EU law specialist, who is a tenant at […]

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