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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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Obama: What Kind of Change in the Courts?

In keeping with the theme of ‘change,’ the US presidential election has sparked a slew of commentary, including speculation on the future composition of the US Supreme Court. For international businesses and their lawyers, how would the appointment of new Justices by President Obama affect the Court in the areas such as securities, antitrust, RICO […]

DWF revenues up 12.5 per cent

DWF has posted a 12.5 per cent rise in fee income at the half-year stage, bringing in £28m over the six months compared to £24.5m over the same period last year. The firm said it is on track to post a revenue rise of 12 per cent for the full year, which should take its […]

BLP’s corporate ambitions still burn, but the hunt for a rainmaker goes on

Trophy clients are vital if the firm is to compete with Ashurst and Herbert Smith. Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which built its reputation as a real estate firm, is trying to branch out into the corporate arena. Don’t be surprised if this ­statement sounds familiar. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg has been coveting a slice of […]

Arbitrary agreement

Inserting arbitration clauses as standard into trust deeds may well be a waste of time, argues Ian Meakin Arbitration is increasing in popularity and Switzerland is a well-established jurisdiction to arbitrate disputes. This had led some private banks in Switzerland to insert arbitration clauses into their trust deeds as standard. However, despite the many advantages […]

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