Insolvency round-up


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force tomorrow, 25 May 2018. Setting aside the work that law firms will have to undertake to ensure that they are compliant with the GDPR themselves, I foresee a number of significant impacts for dispute resolution lawyers.

I have touched upon this already, as part of a collective contribution to yesterday’s blog post. Below, I set out in full what I think these impacts are likely to be. Continue reading


In the final countdown to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, a few leading commentators offer their thoughts on whether this is big news for dispute resolution lawyers, plus their top tips for practitioners. Continue reading

REUTERS | Denis Balibouse

“Cutting out the middle man” is a well-known fact of life (making the expression gender neutral is more difficult). Whether it is selling your house privately to cut out the estate agent or disposing of your car through a private “ad” rather than via the local garage, opportunities abound to save costs by dealing direct with the other party. Even a luxury holiday can come into the frame: book that chalet in Verbier with the owner and you can save yourself the agency charges that would apply should it instead be reserved through a tour operator. So the upshot of the story is that the middle man loses out and the consequences are there to see: estate agents close down and household names go bust. Continue reading

REUTERS | Vincent Kessler

The issue of funding is often one which causes satellite litigation. Indeed, it may have been one of the driving factors behind the civil justice reforms. When the ideas of Jackson LJ were enshrined into legislation in the form of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), it was envisaged that this would see the end of lengthy disputes in relation to conditional fee agreements (CFAs) and funding. Continue reading