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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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Law Society speaks out

Is it too much to expect that, before The Lawyer speculates on what the Law Society might say in response to a story (2 June), it first contacts the society to find out what it would actually say? In our response to the Fabian Society pamphlet on the regulation of lawyers, we do not – […]

In brief: Barristers receive double-barrelled fee blast

Barristers came under renewed attack last week over the size of their fees. First it was revealed that the House of Lords had blocked the payment of fees to four QCs until an inquiry is held into the level of barristers’ fees in criminal legally-aided appeals. Then Mr Justice Lightman, in a speech to the […]

PW set to swoop on Wilde Sapte

Price Waterhouse is ready to step in after Arthur Andersen’s last minute withdrawal from an alliance with Wilde Sapte. The accountancy firm is understood to still be interested in Wilde Sapte after approaching it last year. At the time Wilde Sapte was deep in its talks with Andersens. Paul Downing, head of PW’s European legal […]

Charity review is a review too far

Hubert Picarda QC says that rather than wasting money on consulting “Joe Public’, the Charity Commission should ensure that their plans are legally sound The Charity Commission’s review of the Charities Register has provoked loud protests in legal circles and a preliminary paper has been criticised by the Charity Law Association. The commissioners have now […]

Woolf Year 2000 ruling to force SIF contributions hike

Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has told the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to insure firms against claims arising from the Millennium Bug – a move which could lead to a huge hike in SIF contributions. At a meeting last week with SIF chairman Peter Williamson and managing director Liz Mullins, he said it was […]

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