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We are pleased to again report a record turnover of £264m, an increase of 11% on the previous year (£238m).We have also increased the number of fee earners globally by 10%, taking the firm’s overall headcount to in excess of 2,300
Congratulations to the 12 Kennedys lawyers that have been recognised in the Best Lawyers in Australia 2022 edition, with our lawyers achieving 15 individual recognitions in total.
Shipbuilding was once the art of transforming hundreds of hectares of oak forests into hulls. Master carpentry moved to iron and then steel hulls, and now we are on the cusp of the next shipbuilding revolution, where autonomous, 3D-printed, graphene-made, LNG-powered vessels will be built by specialized suppliers with white-coats and augmented reality smart-glasses.
At the beginning of February, Singapore became the latest Asian jurisdiction to introduce mandatory data breach notification rules. The new rules were enacted as amendments to Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”), which has been in effect for more than six years.
Do you use your thumbprint or face to access your smart phone? Those are examples of biometric technology which can quickly and accurately identify individual people. As new technology is created to ensure security, recognize people, or prevent fraud, the use of biometric identifiers is becoming more commonplace. Certain lawmakers, however, have growing concerns that the personal and powerful nature of biometric information warrants regulation.
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) working group has published its recommendations on what further reforms could be introduced for low value injury (under £25,000) injury claims. With a focus on resolving meritorious claims more quickly and with the costs reduced, as well as preventing unmeritorious claims, the group concludes that once the pending ‘whiplash reforms’ have been implemented, there should be no further substantive reforms – not least until the detail of recent measures is clarified.
Kennedys is celebrating 20 years in Hong Kong, and is also moving to new offices.
The Australian Government has announced that it is undertaking a review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the “Privacy Act”) and consider options for reform. The review is the latest step in a series of proposals to reform the Privacy Act that commenced early last year.
Insurance Connect: Data privacy challenges for Hong Kong insurers setting up Greater Bay Area Service Desks
As part of the plans for the financial integration of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission and the Hong Kong Insurance Authority have been working on an “insurance connect” scheme (Insurance Connect). The aim of Insurance Connect is to facilitate cross-border insurance business and eventually to allow the cross-border sale of insurance products within the GBA.
The Civil Code covers the full scope of Chinese civil law, including property rights, contracts, tort and family law - and also includes sections on privacy and the protection of personal information. Nicholas Blackmore (Special Counsel from Kennedys) and Samuel Yang (Partner from Anjie Law Firm) outline the impact of the new Civil Code on Chinese data privacy law.