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An easement or a lease – the court decides

By Deborah Gordon Brown and Michael Callaghan The High Court has decided that a document purporting to grant a lease of a right of way in fact created an easement. Background An easement is a right over one property that benefits another property, such as a right of way or a right to use a […]

Efficient arbitration – Part 1: Metrics

This is the first in a series of articles by Schoenherr focusing on efficiency in arbitration. The series explores various tools that serve to improve the efficiency of any given arbitration and so achieve a favourable outcome without wasting resources. But before exploring those tools we need to determine what efficient arbitration actually means…

Serbia adopts law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry

The Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry entered into force in Serbia on 8 June 2018. This law was adopted in order to harmonise domestic legislation with international standards and to improve the existing system of detecting and preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The law introduces a single, public, electronic database […]

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Put our morale before profits

Regular readers of The Lawyer cannot have failed to notice the increasing number of articles detailing the high turnover and poor morale among assistant solicitors within private practice. It is clear to me and, I believe, many others that the primary cause is the excessively long hours that some are expected to work on a […]

Parker is City's first female senior partner

CITY firm Withers has elected the head of its family law department, Diana Parker, as its new senior partner. Parker, 40, is believed to be the youngest senior partner of any firm in the Top 100. She is also thought to be the first female senior partner of a City firm, although there are already […]

Call for 'task force' to aid stressed out solicitors

A solicitor, who admitted to a disciplinary tribunal last week that he failed to pay bills because he was “overwhelmed by his workload”, has called for a “task force” to help stressed out solicitors. Anthony Thipthorpe, who was based in Southend-on-Sea, admitted that in 1996 he failed to pay #6,500 counsel’s fees and ignored subsequent […]

Law's creaking conveyor belt

Are law schools churning out incomplete legal drones who are not fully prepared for the real legal world? Matheu Swallow gauges the opinions of firms, students and the law schools. The second year of the reformed Legal Practice Course (LPC) has just got under way, but questions remain as to whether it will produce the […]

Bakers furious at 'outrageous' claim on Almaty walkout

The founding partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Kazakhstan office has left to set up a new practice amid a bitter war of words with his old firm. Michael Wilson is taking seven other fee earners with him to his new corporate finance and projects firm Michael Wilson & Partners. He told The Lawyer that he […]

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