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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 […]


Can family companies survive the winds of change? A cry for legislative help

Did you know that most of the successful businesses in the Gulf are in fact family owned? Did you also know that only a small minority actually survive into the second generation? Three factors are mainly to blame. First, the natural stresses of family dynamics, sibling rivalry and a failure to educate and inspire the new […]


Gateley, Sheridans and Wiggin win first-time slots on BT panel

Gateley is set to join media specialists Sheridans and Wiggin as new members of BT’s UK legal panel as the telecoms group comes close to finalising a review of its external adviser roster. The trio of firms will join existing panellists Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on the six-firm roster […]

Allen Hanen

Hot 100: Allen Hanen, Herbert Smith Freehills

It would be wrong to describe Herbert Smith Freehills partner Allen Hanen as a rising star in his firm, but his profile has shot up since standing unsuccessfully for senior partner at Herbert Smith in 2009/10. Hanen was a rank outsider then – a Moscow-born Canadian who had not trained at the firm – but […]

Real Estate 2013: Legal developments you need to know

This is a short guide to the key legal developments for the real estate sector in 2013. The developments include new planning rules, information on the review of communications legislation, details of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the Green Deal, changes to the taxation of high value residential properties, forthcoming developments regarding rights to […]

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