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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 […]

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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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A prominent Scottish solicitor who organised a day of disruptive industrial action at Glasgow Sheriff Court has accused Scottish Office minister Henry McLeish of turning his back on lawyers’ fears. Angry Scottish criminal legal aid solicitors refused to represent clients in Glasgow Sheriff Court last week in protest at Scottish Office proposals to introduce fixed […]

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Lord Hoffmann, whose connections with Amnesty International threatened to throw the Pinochet affair into further chaos. Pinochet’s lawyers have lodged an appeal against a House of Lords decision that Pinochet did not have sovereign immunity, believed to relate to allegations of Hoffmann’s perceived bias. Designers of a futuristic magistrates’ court building in Southampton, whose u13m […]

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Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave merged with Beachcroft Stanleys this week to create a 122-partner national firm, specialising in commercial, healthcare and insurance. Beachcroft Wansbroughs, as the new firm is called, is the result of 18 months of merger negotiations. Wansbroughs completed its first foray into national expansion after taking over Manchester insurance firm Vaudreys in September. […]

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