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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 […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

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 […]

Supreme Court – Sporting rights over land are capable of being easements

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 […]

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Austria – Teleradiology and other healthcare advancements

By Florian Kusznier Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome. Teleradiology is one area where technological advancements allow […]

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Vacant DPP role attracts just five candidates

Just five candidates are believed to have applied to take Dame Barbara Mills’ place as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Of the two interviewed earlier this month, both are believed to have been rejected. Applicants for the £100,000-a-year post are understood to have included Peter Ross, head of the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors […]

Serious fraud office libel case

The House of Lords has granted Thomas Taylor and Monarch Assurance leave to appeal an Appeal Court decision which struck out their libel and slander claims against the director of the Serious Fraud Office. The appeal will centre on whether documents disclosed to the defence by the Crown in criminal proceedings are subject to an […]

Merger creates south-west giant

Bond Pearce will become the largest firm in the South West when it takes over the Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. The 40 partner firm is currently the fourth largest in the region by fee earner size but, with 210 fee earners in all, it will leapfrog Bevan Ashford, Burges Salmon […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Damon Swindell

Damon Swindell was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire in 1957 and is currently head of Law Group. What was your first job? Milkman. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £25,000 as a self-employed legal quality consultant. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become a professional rally driver. What […]

Law's higher calling

Before he could become a fully-fledged solicitor advocate, Andrew Myers went through exams, endless hours in court and, finally, a nine-month wait. But, he says, it was worth it. Under the current rules, any solicitor who has been qualified for at least three years can apply for higher rights of audience. There are three main […]

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