ADR in Australia

Debate continues to rage in Australia over alternative dispute resolution. In a newsletter to the recent IBA conference in Edinburgh, Michelle Sindler of Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher says arguments over whether Australian courts can require parties to participate in ADR are ongoing. However, she says the country is witnessing a “fundamental change” to its legal culture and the popularity of mediation is “testimony of its importance as a legitimate dispute resolution process”.

Finland's reforms

Finland's civil reforms are a partial success, producing judgements which are generally better grounded and expressed, Butzow & Co's Peter Anthoni says. But the Helsinki-based lawyer says the new system has not diminished the workload for lawyers involved in more complex civil cases.

Polish contracts

The Chicago Board of Trade has instructed McKenna & Co to advise government and private organisations in setting up the Warsaw Commodity Futures Exchange and the Warsaw Clearing House. The move is part of the board's plans to help establish a futures market in Poland. McKennas' derivatives specialist Ned Swan says it is a “major coup”.

Swedish takeover

Stockholm firm Dahlman Magnusson Briede has taken over international arbitration firm Wetter & Priem.

Congress speakers

Lord Alexander of Weedon QC and SFO director George Staple will speak at the London Congress of the Union Internationale Des Avocates in September. For further information call 0171 233 8282.