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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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Watson Burton ponders opening up equity to boost retention prospects

Watson Burton is launching an internal consultation on opening its equity structure. The Newcastle-based firm hopes that the move will help retain salaried partners and associates. Senior partner Rob Langley confirmed: “We’ll be looking at our equity structure as a short to medium-term project over the next 18 months to two years.” The move may […]

CAAT secures key High Court ruling against BAE and Government

The High Court last week ordered BAE Systems to produce a sworn affidavit divulging how the aerospace giant obtained a confidential and legally privileged document belonging to pressure group Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT). As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (25 January), the documents were leaked to BAE ahead of a court battle that pitched […]

Five-partner exodus sees Bristows halt promotions

Bristows’ partnership has been put on hold as the firm assesses the damage from the shock departures of five life sciences partners. The firm is postponing this year’s round of partnership promotions while it comes to terms with the loss of one-fifth of its partnership. Co-managing partner Pat Treacy said: “We’ll hold off promotion talks […]

Bakers wins key BBC role

Baker & McKenzie has won a role as the BBC Trust’s key regulatory adviser, after pitching for the work last year. Other firms vying for the role included Norton Rose. The firm will advise on the Trust’s fair trading policies as well as on the competition aspects of new BBC projects, such as on-demand and […]

Free Representation Unit gets chief exec

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) has named Clive Tulloch as its new chief executive. Tulloch, who was a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers until September 2006, has significant experience in risk and regulation. His appointment follows the departure of director Kelly Essery in April 2006. The FRU is one of the UK’s largest single providers of […]

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