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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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The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is looking to cut firms from its legal panel. The Nuclear Decommissioning ;Authority (NDA) is revamping its legal panel before the multibillion-pound decommissioning of the first fleet of civil nuclear plants and experimental and ;research sites ;in Dorset and Oxfordshire. The government body, which currently operates three rosters of advisers, wants […]

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A&O blames recession for exhaustive clearout

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) wide-reaching internal restructuring was triggered by an unexpectedly sharp downturn at the beginning of this year, according to managing partner Wim Dejonghe. Last week the firm announced ;a ;£44m ­restructuring that will see it cut 47 partners and 200 fee-­earners, spin off its private client business and freeze billing rates at […]

Obituary: Peter Peddie

Peter Charles Peddie CBE QC died on 3 February 2009. Peddie joined Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer as an articled clerk in the 1950s and became a partner there in 1960 at the age of 28. He quickly established himself as a company law ­specialist. In the early 1970s Peddie was involved in M&A activity in sectors […]

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Trowers to cut four jobs in UK regions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy consultation with fee earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales market, with three in Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. According to a firm spokesperson, those working on plot […]

Spanish deals

When negotiating pre-insolvency agreements in Spain, lawyers should take into account directors’ liability, say Alberto Núñez-Lagos and Ángel AlonsoWith the current financial crisis, many companies are resorting to out-of-court restructurings or renegotiations as opposed to going to court to handle their insolvencies. When negotiating pre-insolvency agreements in Spain, lawyers should take into account directors’ liability, […]

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