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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 firms feel the heat as Govt minister hits out over diversity

The first-ever conference on diversity in the UK legal profession, organised by The Lawyer, took place last week as the Government indicated it was becoming increasingly impatient at law firms’ responses to the issue. Bridget Prentice MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, said she was “appalled” at the lack of response by […]

McKenna wins libel action as Eady J slams ‘armchair machismo’

Media boutique Swan Turton has achieved victory in hypnotist Paul McKenna’s libel claim against the Daily Mirror. Partner Jonathan Coad instructed 5 Raymond Buildings’ Desmond Browne QC for McKenna as he fought claims by Mirror journalist Victor Lewis-Smith that he had fraudulently obtained a doctorate from a US university. This morning (24 July) Mr Justice […]

City of San Diego sues Vinson & Elkins

Vinson & Elkins is facing a $10m lawsuit from former client the City of San Diego over claims it failed to properly conduct an independent inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing by City Hall officials. The case is reminiscent of the Enron debacle in which Vinson is still a defendant in a multi-billon dollar lawsuit […]

Gambling Commission counsel gears up for act

The UK Gambling Commission’s new general counsel Neil McArthur has vowed to start preparations to ensure a smooth transition in preparation for the UK Gambling Act, which is due to come into force in a little over a year. McArthur said his priority is to meet with Government officials, gaming companies and gambling charities to […]

Camerons lures London head of IP from Howrey

CMS Cameron McKenna has made a rare lateral hire, scooping Howrey’s renowned London IP head Isabel Davies. Davies becomes the firm’s second lateral hire in two years, joining as a senior partner in the IP practice. Camerons IP head Nick Beckett will still lead the seven-partner practice. Davies’s role will involve business development and mentoring […]

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