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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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Hackney chief sues Private Eye

Cyril Dixon reports SENIOR Hackney Council executive Sam Yeboah is suing satirical magazine Private Eye for libel over stories which he claims implicated him in fraud and corruption. Yeboah, director of human resources at the east London authority, has issued a writ over two pieces which appeared in the magazine’s local government section. Robin Lewis, […]

Seminar highlights role of ADR

Alternative dispute resolution has become standard practice for insurers and consumers, according to insurance specialist and Jarvis & Bannister partner Richard Houseago. The firm’s recent seminar, attended by insurance ombudsman Laurie Slade, examined how the number of disputed insurance claims could be reduced. The 1994 Ombudsman’s Report highlighted evidence of misunderstanding between insurers and their […]

Ombudsman's workload on the increase

THE WATCHDOG for legal services is being bogged down by a shortage of staff and the rise of complaints at a rate of 30 per cent per year. Those who complain to the Legal Services Ombudsman are being told they face a wait of six months for their problem to be investigated. Ombudsman Michael Barnes […]

Turn on, tune in, hook up

INFOTECH Everyone is talking about the Internet but is it of any commercial use to law firms developing their practice? Articles appear every week on connectivity, service providers and the wide range of facilities available, but what are the strengths and weaknesses of the system from the viewpoint of a firm of solicitors. Email is […]

Scrivener's advice raises staff issues

Cyril Dixon reports LOCAL authority watchdogs are to question Hull City Council about a controversial staff transfer policy based on advice by Anthony Scrivener QC. Officials from the Local Government Staff Commission have written to Hull asking for further details of Scrivener’s guidance and its implications. The advice has provoked conflict between Hull and the […]

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