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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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Irvine takes Hart from Herberts

Herbert Smith former property head Garry Hart, one of the top four planning lawyers in the City and a personal friend of Tony Blair, has resigned after 35 years at the firm to become the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s special adviser from next March. Hart is a friend and Islington neighbour of the Blairs and […]

Schofield moved to open prison following hostility at Holloway

Crown prosecutor Penelope Schofield, jailed this month for lying to protect her policeman boyfriend, has been transferred to an open prison after inmates shouted and spat at her on her arrival at Holloway. It is understood her reception was so unpleasant that she had to be moved to the maternity unit at the prison hospital […]

Law Soc set to lock horns with mortgage lenders

The Law Society is set to clash with powerful mortgage lenders in the new year after backing plans to impose restrictions on when solicitors can act for both borrower and lender. Last week, the Law Society Council approved in principle plans to stop solicitors representing both lender and borrower in conveyancing trans- actions unless the […]

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