Author Archives: Christopher Wilsher

New Digital Dispute Resolution Rules provide procedure for commercial disputes involving digital technology

The UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (chaired by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls) has recently published the country’s first Digital Dispute Resolution Rules (“Rules”). A full copy of the Rules is available here. The Rules aim to provide a rapid and inexpensive …

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US Office of Foreign Assets Control uses blockchain technology to surveil entities behind cryptocurrency activities

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is subscribing to use blockchain surveillance tools developed by New York headquartered firm, Chainalysis. OFAC is responsible for administering and enforcing economic sanctions in the United States, based on foreign policy and national …

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Can ‘misgendering’ be a ‘philosophical belief’ under Equality Act?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that gender-critical beliefs are protected as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010. A transgender woman is a person who was born male but later in life decides to identify as a female. …

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Government extends the moratorium preventing the eviction of commercial tenants until 25 March 2022

The moratorium, which was due to be lifted on 30 June 2021, shall now remain in place until 25 March 2022 (some two years after it was introduced in April 2020). This is important news for commercial landlords to be …

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Ikea fined €1 million for illegal staff surveillance

It was reported yesterday that the French branch of Ingka Group, which owns various international Ikea stores, has been ordered to pay a fine of €1 million after a Versailles court held that it had unlawfully processed its employees’ personal …

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Collyer Bristow promotes five in its latest promotion round

Collyer Bristow has announced five promotions, including one new Partner and four new Senior Associates, across the firm’s Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Private Wealth departments. Ragavan Arunachalam has been made up to Partner in the Corporate & Commercial …

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Amigo sub-prime lender scheme of arrangement rejected by court

The High Court has agreed with the FCA to reject a scheme of arrangement proposed by subprime lender Amigo, on the grounds that the compensation scheme it proposed to deal with complaints of misselling was not fair. This is a …

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Is Business travel now allowed? Deciphering the latest Covid-19 travel rules

This past week has seen the latest relaxation of restrictions in accordance with the government’s roadmap to normality. This article sets out the new rules and guidance for employers, particularly for business travel to and from England. Can you travel …

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Making a success of UK-US cross-border estate planning

It is said that the US and UK are two countries divided by a common language. When it comes to tax and succession law this often bears out; the fact that both countries use similar terminology (like ‘domicile’, ‘trust’ or …

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Lack of transparency connected with shadow banking increases risks of losses for banks

In some ways, the recent losses incurred by banks such as Credit Suisse through their exposures to Archegos Capital Management and Greensill Capital had very different causes. Whereas banks provided family office Archegos with prime brokerage finance to invest in …

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