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Tools and solutions for increasing access to international arbitration – An overview

By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed […]

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By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

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By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]

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Engineer to plot Bar course

Kamlesh Bahl is stepping down as chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to concentrate more fully on her new role as deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Bahl, who will leave the EOC on 30 November, polled over 12,000 votes – the most of all the six candidates for office – beating David Keating […]

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The Bar Council has appointed Sir John Collyear, a senior figure from the engineering industry, to head up a committee to respond to the Government’s plans to end the Bar’s virtual monopoly of higher court advocacy. Last month, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, published plans to give all solicitors and barristers full rights of audience […]

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