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Tracing remedy for cryptocurrency ordered by court

By Emilie Feil-Fraser The decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court on September 12, 2018 in Copytrack Pte Ltd v. Wall is one of the first cases in Canada where a court-ordered remedy has been applied to digital currency, and it may have major implications for parties seeking relief in respect of digital currency in the […]

Has your organisation paid its data protection fee?

By Patrick Wheeler The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has sent warning letters to 34 organisations who have failed to pay the new data protection fee under the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018, which came into force on 25 May 2018. Under the new regime, data controllers have to pay a data protection fee to […]

New Act on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security

The Hungarian Government recently adopted Act no. LVII of 2018 on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security (the “Act”). Previously we wrote about a similar legislative proposal which aimed at establishing a similar control mechanism. However, the Act has a more sophisticated approach on the control and approval procedure […]

Health and safety at work in Romania: What companies need to know

Failure to take or observe the mandatory measures for health and safety at work may entail, among other types of liability (e.g. civil, administrative), potential criminal liability for employers. The Romanian Criminal Code (the “RCC”) provides for two offences which sanction such failure: i) failure to take the mandatory measures for health and safety at […]

Czech Republic: Office for the Protection of Competition gets tougher

In April 2018 the Office for the Protection of Competition adopted new guidelines on the method of setting fines for competition law infringements,(1) noting that the need for a revision of the previous guidelines had emerged in the wake of developing case law, as well as amendments to the Act on the Protection of Competition. The […]

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Police accused of corruption

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Battle is on for client funds

Michael Kavanagh talks to one of the South West’s top firms about its decision to set up a portfolio management arm South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke is joining the growing ranks of provincial law firms offering fully-fledged asset management services to an extensive and affluent client base. The firm, which vies with Exeter-based […]

Guy Harvey questions a ban on prisoner visits to lawyers' offices

“Must try harder” could be seen by many as the mid-term report on beleaguered Home Secretary Michael Howard. However, in the view of this solicitor he has recently tried a little too hard in one respect. Last November the Home Secretary issued the innocuous sounding ‘Instruction to Governors Number 70 of 94’ which said: “Prisoners […]

No obstacle too large for the smaller practice

Michael Kavanagh on how one firm entered the market Wessex law firm Parker Bullen may be modest in size, but not in its ambitions when it comes to financial services. When the firm sat down to review its strategy last year, a decision was made to grab the issue of financial services by the horns. […]

Consortium condemns electronic tagging trial

As pilot trials of electronic monitoring of offenders are due to start in spring, the Penal Affairs Consortium (PAC) has given the initiative a thumbs down. PAC, which is an alliance of 24 bodies, says the evidence so far shows that electronic tagging does little to divert offenders from crime or from prison. A PAC […]

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