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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 […]


Map to mediation

Paul Randolph lays out a roadmap for a new mediation world. The mediation landscape for the Bar is likely to change dramatically over the next twelve months. The Government is proposing to introduce reforms of the civil justice system in England and Wales which are intended to significantly increase the take-up of mediation, and barristers […]

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Boutiques step in where mid-tier fears to tread

The conflict-free firms taking full advantage of the litigation boom by acting against rivals’ prize clients. The economic pressures of the recession have led to the ­emergence of a group of firms that are trumpeting their enthusiasm for suing financial institutions. With mid-tier firms mostly locked out of this lucrative market due to conflicts, these […]

Mayer Brown JSM bulks up Beijing as Singapore base opens  

Mayer Brown JSM has added two lawyers to its Beijing office on the same day its new Singapore base officially opens. Nancy Chang, who until now has been a deputy division head of the Anti-Monopoly Bureau at China’s Ministry of Commerce, joins the firm as government relations advisor while Zhen Han joins as a corporate […]

IP boutique Hoyng Monegier adds Nauta Dutilh partner to ranks

Niche IP firm Hoyng Monegier has hired a team of lawyers from Benelux giant Nauta Dutilh. Liesbeth Weynants, formerly head of Nauta Dutilh’s life sciences and data protection team in Brussels, joins Hoyng Monegier’s Brussels office. The appointment comes less than a week after Nauta Dutilh announced it was launching a Luxembourg IP practice to […]

Chinese firms get in shape to take on Western big-hitters in Hong Kong

With UK and US firms vying for dominance in the Hong Kong legal market, a number of Chinese firms are also emerging as serious contenders in the Asian financial hub. One in particular is King & Wood, which is understood to be in merger discussions with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Due to China’s regulations regarding profit-sharing […]

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