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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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Last Cawthra Feather

Last Cawthra has boosted its Bradford office with a local takeover Last Cawthra Feather recently acquired the Bradford office of Ralph C Yablon, adding two partners to its number (The Lawyer, 5 November). Managing partner Simon Stell says: “Ralph C Yablon was coming to the end of its lease, wasn’t filling the space and we […]

Real Estate and Projects Summary

Gouldens (Suzanne Billington) advised Hercules Unit Trust on its £19m acquisition of Waterfields Retail Park, Watford, from Lancaster Holdings. Andersen Legal (Keith Barnett) advised Lancaster Holdings. Lovells (Jackie Newstead) advised BAA Lynton on an agreement that will see Radisson SAS (part of the SAS Airline Group) invest £40m in building a new hotel at Stansted […]

Baxendale-Walker partner faces charges over £2m pension fraud

Paul Baxendale-Walker, name partner in London, Nottingham and Glasgow firm Baxendale-Walker, is facing criminal trial over an alleged £2m serious fraud committed in 1994. City firm Russell Jones & Walker is also a defendant in a separate, but related, £4m civil claim to be heard later this month.Baxendale-Walker, a specialist tax lawyer, was indicted by […]

Loyens lures top De Brauw partner

Benelux multidisciplinary practice Loyens & Loeff has hired a leading civil law notary from the Rotterdam office of Linklaters’ Dutch ally De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek. The departure of real estate specialist Hamith Breedveld comes after merger negotiations between De Brauw and Linklaters were restarted late last year (The Lawyer, 5 December 2001). It also […]

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As the securitisation market becomes more sophisticated, it is no longer adequate just to be on the scene. With increasing numbers of firms entering the market the pressure is on and the top-tier firms need to find ways of differentiating themselves from the riffraff. And it seems as though they may have found one.Mortgage-backed deals […]

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