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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 […]

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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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Law Soc calls for contingency fee legalisation after High Court case

The Law Society has called on the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine to legalise contingency fees – currently unlawful except where stipulated in the legislation allowing for conditional fees – in the Access to Justice Bill, following a “surprise” High Court ruling. On 9 February the High Court ruled that Birmingham firm Sydney Mitchell had acted […]

Conjurors question Magic Circle advisers

Hobson Audley Hopkins & Wood partner Rupert Connell, who doubles up as deputy chairman of the Magic Circle, is to be quizzed along with other professional advisers on the rising costs of the conversion of the club’s new headquarters. Some members are worried that the conversion is running over budget, and a list of possible […]

PLG goes Dutch and Italian

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