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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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Pinsent Curtis advised HSBC on a £135m private equity investment in AM Paper Group’s planned paper mill in Skelmersdale. Chaffe Street acted for AM Paper and Slaughter and May advised JP Morgan on providing senior debt.

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Govt forced into retreat on CPS

The Government has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn in its shake-up of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by freezing the appointments of 42 new Chief Crown Prosecutors. In a written answer to a parliamentary question, published last week, Attorney General John Morris QC concedes that the Government’s plans to reorganise the service into 42 […]

OSS seeks to boost efficiency with gift voucher scheme

Staff at the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) are being offered gift vouchers to close the file on as many complaints as possible in time for Christmas. The unusual incentive scheme is designed to help the OSS clear up a massive backlog of cases – and comes as the OSS prepares to publish […]

Herbert Smith gets £3m payout

Herbert Smith was paid £3,256,000-worth of taxpayers money in fees for the sell-off of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) married quarters – twice as much as the MoD budgeted for. The National Audit Office’s report on the controversial £1.6bn sell-off of 57,000 married quarters homes to Nomura-led consortium Annington Homes, in the UK’s largest ever […]

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