Civil justice reforms – don’t panic; ruling boosts employers in sex bias cases; and South Africa falls out of love with international arbitration
When Rupert Jackson – otherwise known as Lord Justice Jackson – unveiled his reforms of the Civil Procedure Rules, tremors pulsated across the legal world as fears mounted that litigation would never be the same. But, say our commentators this week from national law firm Shoosmiths, six months on from implementation the reality isn’t living up to the hype. If parties ensure full compliance with procedural rules, adhere to court orders and pay attention to costs budgeting, ‘there should be little to be concerned about’. Click here for more information.
‘Sex discrimination’ are two words featuring prominently in the nightmares of employers of any size. But a recent tribunal appeal case may give bosses a better chance of a peaceful eight hours. Lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard shine a light on a ruling that – while fact-specific – confirms that an internal appeal process can remedy an act of discrimination. Click here for more information.
Multinational business is falling in love with intentional arbitration – it is seen as more efficient and cheaper than conventional court-based legislation, as well as providing the bonus of at least a veneer of confidentiality. But the authorities in South Africa appear not to want to play ball. Commentators from global law firm Allen & Overy assess the implications of recent moves to exclude foreign investors from recourse to international arbitration. Those with government contracts need to pay heed, they warn. Click here for more information.
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