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Freeports – Planning FAQs

The designation of eight new Freeports within England made headlines in the Budget and now the winning bidders have to put into effect their successful proposals. What will this mean in practice for those areas affected and what are the likely issues that Freeport authorities will face?

Snapshot: arbitration in the British Virgin Islands for Asia-based parties

The BVI is an increasingly popular arbitral seat supported by a modern pro-arbitration legal framework, modern arbitration facilities, and a world-class arbitration institution of its own in the form of the BVI International Arbitration Centre (“BVIIAC”). The ready availability of BVI legal expertise for any such arbitration under the supervision of the well-respected BVI Courts provides added comfort for parties seeking a dispute resolution venue in a stable jurisdiction.

12 things you didn’t know about electric vehicles

The significant shift in people’s travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into ‘smart cities’. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.

Avenues of redress for stakeholders in Cayman incorporated companies facing the excesses of majority shareholders and/or their appointed directors

Against the backdrop of differing economies, laws and regulations throughout Asia, choosing to incorporate Cayman entities into holding and investment structures allows international stakeholders to co-operate under the aegis of a stable and effective judicial system. Appeals from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands lie with the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, comprising judges who have held high judicial office in the Commonwealth. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the final Appellate Court for the Cayman Islands. As such, through its Court system, Cayman is able to provide the investment community with impartial, established and highly regarded judicial resources dedicated to resolving complex commercial disputes.

Key changes to the LCIA and ICC arbitration rules

Two of the most prominent arbitral institutions globally, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce, have recently updated their rules to modernise and streamline the way in which arbitrations are administered. The changes are designed to increase efficiency, flexibility and transparency and to embrace the growing use of technology in business today.

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Kingsley Napley names family head as next senior partner

Kingsley Napley’s senior partner Christopher Murray has announced that he will retire from the firm next year, to be replaced by the firm’s family head. Murray will step down as senior partner and retire from the partnership on 1 May 2013, making way for family head Jane Keir, who also used to be managing partner […]

Reform to Mexico’s Federal Labor Law

The Labor Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie Mexico has prepared this document containing a general analysis of the relevant concepts of the reform to the Federal Labor Law approved by the Mexican Congress on 13 November 2012. This document discusses the most relevant aspects of the reform and contains an in-depth analysis regarding the […]

Dramatic pause

Mediation talks between ex-Halliwells partners and liquidators are adjourned When the former Halliwells partners agreed to enter mediation with the failed firm’s liquidators in April, everyone knew they had one hell of a task ahead of them. Even with Quadrant Chambers’ Michel Kallipetis – a sage of a mediator, by all accounts – overseeing proceedings, […]

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Integreon opens City review centre as trend for onshore LPOs advances

Legal process outsourcer (LPO) Integreon is to open a legal document review centre in its London office as the trend for onshore LPOs continues to pick up. The service, which will be based in Integreon’s and CMS’s existing City base, will be the second UK LPO facility the outsourcer has launched this year following a […]

Frauleins in waiting

German gargantu-firm Hengeler Mueller still trails the field in diversity stakes Despite being one of the rare European firms to have a female co-managing partner – Daniela Favoccia – Hengeler Mueller has a dismal diversity record. In 2011 the firm had just three female partners out of a total of 86, putting it in 98th […]

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