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Coronavirus Angola: Measures on commercial activity

In the context of mitigating the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, the Ministry of Commerce has approved Executive Decree No. 143/ 20 of 9 April, which establishes a set of measures aimed at maintaining commercial activity across the whole country during the State of Emergency.

Resolving multi-party and multi-contract disputes

Which of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC rules, if any, is most adapted to resolving multi-party and multi-contract disputes? Multi-party arbitration may occur under the situations; (i) several parties to single contract “multi-party arbitration” and (ii) several parties to several contracts “multi-contract arbitration”. Due to the involvement of more than one party in the […]

Covid-19: Restriction of state court activity and alternative dispute resolution methods

By Vladimir Komarov The ” Black swan ” of coronavirus has already led such economic sectors as tourism, air transportation, hotel business, and non-food retail to a deep crisis. We can confidently predict that violations of contractual obligations, unilateral termination of contracts and other consequences of the disease and measures to combat it will affect […]

Bermuda amends national pension scheme – update #4

The amendments to section 24 of the National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pensions) Act 1998 (“the NPS Act”) that expand the ability of members and former members of defined contribution pension plans and local retirement products to obtain limited refunds from their pension balances, will become operative on 1 June 2020.

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Penny Christie sees problems with exchange of statements.

Penny Christie is a litigation partner at Bird & Bird. One of the stated objectives of the rule on exchange of witness statements (RSC Order 38 Rule 2A) is “the avoidance of a trial”, and as a procedural device to speed up compromise settlements, it works well. Whether it helps with the fair and open […]

Woodroffes hit by writ after its alleged negligence costs a sacked director £825,000

A SACKED company director is suing London law firm Woodroffes for £825,000 over alleged negligence in its handling of his compensation claim. In a writ issued at the High Court, John Buchanan, of Farnham, Surrey, says he retained Woodroffes after he was sacked without notice as a director of conglomerate Sale Tilney in April 1993. […]

Data registrar calls for privacy review

Alison Laferlia reports THE Data Protection Registrar has called for a thorough review of the UK Data Protection Act in the light of a recent EU data protection directive. The call came in the registrar’s annual report, which also touched on the impact of new technologies on privacy. Presenting the report to Parliament, the registrar, […]

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