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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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It’s been a difficult few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn, what with turnover stagnating and the ‘Scottish big four’ group it formed a nominal part of disintegrating when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors were taken out by merger. Like its last remaining big four counterpart Maclay Murray & Spens, the firm ran the serious risk […]

Pensions

Our team of pensions lawyers advises both trustees and employers on all aspects of pensions law, providing clear analysis and practical solutions. Our comprehensive service includes advising on liability reduction, giving pensions and employment advice to employers and trustees on reducing cost through changing benefit structures, and offering strategic planning for the valuation process and […]

DCLG ‘needs to clarify’ town centre neighbourhood plan rules, says No5 Chambers

Tim Jones, member of No5 Chambers’ planning and environment group and neighbourhood plan examiner, spoke at Planning’s Neighbourhood Plans and Community Engagement Conference in London.  He said the Department for Communities and Local Government needs to provide better advice on who is allowed to vote in referenda for neighbourhood plans that cover town centres. He said: “Examiners […]

Conyers advises Odella Leather on Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing

Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman and BVI legal advice to Odella Leather Holdings Limited on its HK$55m (£4.6m) listing on the Growth Enterprise Market of Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of placing. Odella Leather Holdings manufactures and sells private label leather garments for original equipment manufacturers, primarily fashion brands. Anna Chong of Conyers’ […]

Zambrano carers case: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co guides Croydon to victory

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has led the London Borough of Croydon to success in a Court of Appeal case concerning ‘Zambrano carers’ and their right to receive social assistance. Zambrano carers are non-EU nationals whose right to reside in the UK is derived from being the carer for a British national. They are not entitled […]

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