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The Bermuda Private Trust Company Guide

Private trust companies (‘PTCs’) may be described as companies established to act as trustees for one or more trusts that are related in some way e.g. made in connection with the same family group, philanthropic or charitable organisations, business or investment funds. Bermuda has a stellar international reputation and is a popular jurisdiction in which […]

Where will it end? A different perspective

The reach of the Supreme Court’s decision in the goods and services discrimination complaint of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd [2018] IRLR 1116 is starting to reveal itself. In the recent EAT decision in Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd v Groen UKEAT/0059/18/OO the Tribunal’s finding of direct discrimination on grounds of religion or belief was overturned on the basis […]

Neota Roundtable Roundup: How can AI Automation transform legal departments?

Neota launched their first in a series of roundtable events in New York this week. The event was designed for in house legal departments to discuss how they can leverage AI automation to transform their legal department and overcome the challenge of achieving ‘more with less’. We were joined by professionals from KPMG, JP Morgan, […]

2019 Gender Pay Gap Reporting

By David Smedley, Andrew Raymen The 4 April 2019 deadline for private sector employers with more than 250 staff to publish their second round of gender pay gap reports (based on a ‘snapshot date’ of 5 April 2018) is fast approaching. What trends and observations can be drawn from the 2018 reports and how can […]

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WHEN the City Disputes Panel was set up in April 1994, City law firms and a number of major banks were falling over themselves to be associated with the new dispute resolution service for the financial services industry. At the outset, all looked good. The panel’s raison d’etre of offering a practical alternative to the […]

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