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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 […]

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When the Paris office of US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher threw a party, it did it in style. Abigail Hansen discovers why managing partner Bernard Grinspan came up with such a bizarre idea. The classic building on rue du Faubourg St Honoré is lit by massive floodlights. Eerie mist trails from the lobby, a […]

Cash is kin

The threatened takeovers of Blue Circle and Wickes were uncannily similar; two hostile cash bids, both repelled by share buy-backs. So in advising Wickes, how much did Linklaters borrow from Slaughter and May’s defence of Blue Circle? Catrin Griffiths and Claire Smith report. It is a bit like waiting for a bus. There has not […]

Lathams drafts in US heavyweights

Latham & Watkins is moving two top partners over from the US as the start of an aggressive expansion of the London office. The managing partner of the New York office and the chair of the corporate department in Los Angeles are transferring to the UK. Philip Coviello and Bryant Edwards will significantly boost the […]

CLA Europe member set for merger

Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA) Europe member Wenger & Vieli is merging with fellow Swiss practice Belser Altorfer & Partner. From 1 September the newly-created firm will be called Wenger Vieli Belser. It will concentrate on corporate and commercial work, although it will also develop an e-commerce and IT practice. The move comes as European member […]

The liability of the dotcom lifestyle

Marion Simmons QC and Nicolas Shulman report on the abuse of dotcom company corporate funds. Marion Simmons is a QC at 3/4 South Square and Nicolas Shulman is CEO of Adrenaline Media. The crash in technology stocks has put much pressure on internet companies. The high-profile collapse of online designer-wear retailer Boo.com has focused media […]

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