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New Court of Appeal case a game-changer for arbitration in family law

By Sarah Green A recent Court of Appeal case has the potential to change the landscape of arbitration in family law. With the court backlog worse than ever as a result of Covid-19, out-of-court settlement options, such as Early Neutral Evaluations, Private FDRs and Arbitration are seen as increasingly attractive prospects for separating couples, who […]

Decade-long Saad litigation settled between AHAB and Grant Thornton Defendants

By Rupert Bell, Shelley White, Colette Wilkins, Andrew Gibson, Arikka Farley After over 11 years of litigation, Walkers Cayman is pleased to announce that Walkers’ clients, the Grant Thornton Defendants, have reached a confidential settlement with AHAB which results in their release from the AHAB v. Saad Investments and Others proceedings in the Cayman Islands. The proceedings […]

The remote trustee: Getting your house in order after the Covid-19 pandemic

By David Pytches, Monique Bhullar, Philip Paschalides, David Pytches, Clive Thomas To say 2020 has been a challenging year for many would be an understatement. The onset of COVID-19 saw significant hardships for millions of people globally and the economic impacts continue to ripple across the world’s economy, with many expecting these negative consequences to […]

How to manage virtual cross-cultural teams – Interculturality

How to manage virtual teams In our last blog, we explored why it’s important to capitalise on internal resources by designing inclusive workplaces. Inclusion often encounters resistance among those who consider it a passing HR trend and feel the voice of the diversity and inclusion (D&I) advocates is too paternalistic. But often this resistance exists because […]


Allen & Overy offers retention incentive with huge pay hikes

Allen & Overy (A&O) has awarded its associates inflation-busting pay rises and unveiled a new bonus structure connected to the firm’s overall profitability in a bid to bolster retention rates. As first reported on last Thursday (12 October), the magic circle firm is ditching its current bonus system and will see a hike in […]

Blake Lapthorn partners vote to save City office

Partners at Blake Lapthorn Linnell’s London office have given a last-minute vote of confidence to the firm’s merger with IP/IT firm Tarlo Lyons, withdrawing from merger talks with Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. The talks with Matthew Arnold would have seen Blake Lapthorn’s entire London insolvency and property practices, the basis of its office in the […]

Kirkland lures Tchenguiz away from Linklaters

Kirkland & Ellis has lured trophy client property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz away from longstanding adviser Linklaters following the hire of partners Graham White and Raymond McKeeve. McKeeve and White advised investment vehicle R20, which acts as adviser to Robert Tchenguiz and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, on its £180m joint acquisition of Menzies Hotel Group from […]


Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark is a cunning chap. On the face of it, he’s presided over a firm that has shrunk its global reach over the past decade: it has closed in New York and downsized massively in Paris, transferring its French-qualified lawyers to Bredin Prat. But behind the scenes, Clark has […]


Stewarts Solicitors

Stewarts Solicitors is taking on the Americans at aviation litigation. In August, the litigation boutique shook the industry with the star hire of underwriter Amlin Aviation’s general counsel James Healy-Pratt. He joins Stewarts in December in the newly created role of head of aviation litigation, focusing on advising claimants in aviation accidents. Managing partner John […]

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