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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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Townsend picks Tokyo for first overseas foray

San Francisco-based IP firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew has opened an office in Tokyo. The move represents the first international expansion in the nearly 150-year history of the firm. The office, which will be known as Townsend IP Law, is led by special counsel Hitoshi Akiba, a Japanese patent lawyer and member of the […]

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Pension trustees are facing increasing scrutiny over the potential conflicts created by their outside loyalties. But it is unrealistic to expect individual trustees to leave behind their other duties, roles and loyalties entirely while acting as trustees. In the modern world, conflicts cannot be avoided. They can, however, be managed. So long as trustees are […]

Expansion costs to top £326m as City firms boost headcounts

City law firms could face a collective refurbishment bill estimated at £240m if expansion plans to take on an additional two million sq ft of office space over the next three years come to fruition. The office refurbishment and fit-out costs estimated at £240m leap further to £326m if rental costs are also taken into […]

Freshfields in talks to end all-equity model

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a full-scale review of its cherished all-equity partnership model, including the possibility of de-equitising partners. In what is a momentous U-turn, the magic circle firm’s senior management has confirmed that it is considering a wide range of changes to its partnership model, including the creation of fixed-share partners across the firm. The review […]

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