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Investing in women

The webinar brought together our various communities to discuss the progress combatting the disparities that exist between female and male entrepreneurs, making entrepreneurship more accessible to women, increasing funding access for women to start and grow businesses as well as addressing broader societal issues and unconscious bias that have created barriers for women generally.

Cayman Court provides clarity on costs

In a costs ruling delivered on 12 March 2021, the Honourable Justice Ramsay-Hale provided welcome clarity on the circumstances in which the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands will make a costs award on the indemnity basis. A successful party can expect to recover a higher proportion of its costs when an award is made on the indemnity basis (rather than the standard basis) since only costs that are unreasonably incurred or are of an unreasonable amount will be disallowed on taxation, and any doubts as to reasonableness are resolved in favour of the successful party.

Freeports – Planning FAQs

The designation of eight new Freeports within England made headlines in the Budget and now the winning bidders have to put into effect their successful proposals. What will this mean in practice for those areas affected and what are the likely issues that Freeport authorities will face?

Snapshot: arbitration in the British Virgin Islands for Asia-based parties

The BVI is an increasingly popular arbitral seat supported by a modern pro-arbitration legal framework, modern arbitration facilities, and a world-class arbitration institution of its own in the form of the BVI International Arbitration Centre (“BVIIAC”). The ready availability of BVI legal expertise for any such arbitration under the supervision of the well-respected BVI Courts provides added comfort for parties seeking a dispute resolution venue in a stable jurisdiction.

12 things you didn’t know about electric vehicles

The significant shift in people’s travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into ‘smart cities’. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.

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Ghost in the machine

US moves forward on Magnitsky case, with Canada next. When will the UK act? Friday 16 November marked a milestone for human rights, with the US House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly to pass the Magnitsky Act, the clearest sign yet that the US government is finally bowing to pressure to name and shame those implicated […]

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Lord Phillips joins Brick Court as arbitrator

Brick Court Chambers has added the former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, to its roster of arbitrators. It marks a return to the set for Phillips, who had a commercial practice in Brick Court until he was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division in 1987. Following his retirement from the court (4 April […]

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Work Life Quiz: Jeremy Sweetland, Guildhall Chambers

What was your first-ever job? A Sunday paper round on my BMX for £1.25 an hour. What was your worst experience as a trainee? While working in wills and probate for a short period, misreading a death certificate and notifying all relevant parties that the father of the deceased was dead. Quickly but embarrassingly remedied. […]

Onlinedancing

After Farrers’ media scandal pain, RPC regroups for a fresh assault on web work Prior to the phone-hacking scandal RPC appeared to play second fiddle to Farrer & Co when it came to newspaper defendant work. Yet the firm has picked up a raft of clients in the media world since the sector was rocked, […]

The Claimant lawyers

The High Court will hear five test cases early next year in relation to phone-hacking. These are being pursued by MP Chris Bryant, former footballer Paul Gascoigne, football agent Sky Andrew, actor Jude Law and interior designer Kelly Hoppen. The lawyers are: Bindmans partner Tamsin Allen instructed for Chris Bryant MP. Steel & Shamash partner […]

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