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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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Simmons comes under fire for role in Railtrack dispute

CITY firm Simmons & Simmons was attacked at the TUC conference in Blackpool for apparently advising rail chiefs to sack striking signal workers without notice and to face the legal consequences. But the firm declines to be drawn into a public row with unions over the affair. National Union of Journalists general secretary John Foster […]

Long-term relationships out of fashion

THE longstanding relationship between lawyer and private client is in many cases a myth, a survey shows. Research reveals that only 50 per cent of people return to the solicitor they used last. The findings are in a report by marketing firm Synergy which examines how solicitors can win and keep clients. Synergy interviewed a […]

Members not lured by free legal advice

PEOPLE are not flocking to sign up with trade unions which offer free legal advice and financial services. This is the conclusion of an official survey by Labour Research, released in time to surprise lawyers at last week’s TUC conference. Union members were asked why they had joined their union. Only 12 per cent of […]

Lawyers set up group to boost Notts

LAWYERS are behind a new campaign to draw business into Nottingham. The city’s professionals are launching Nottingham First next week to establish the area as a major centre for business services. Eight of the city’s law firms have joined the new group, which also includes accountants, surveyors, bankers and insurers. The independent chair of Nottingham […]

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