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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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Eversheds discusses heightened awareness of the significance of whistleblowing

Commenting on UK whistleblowing laws, Shirley Wright, employment law partner at Eversheds, says: “Encouragingly, both inside and outside the health sector, recent research undertaken by Eversheds reveals heightened awareness of the significance of whistleblowing amongst employers. “More and more are opting to put in place whistleblowing policies and procedures. “Inevitably, however, as recent events in the […]

Withers keeps focus on Asia with Singapore deal

With private wealth growing faster in Asia than in any other region, it’s no surprise that a family and private client firm would want to expand its Asian footprint. Having recently sealed an alliance with Australian law firm SBL Shmith and tax practice Balazs Lazanas & Welch, the UK’s Withers has now followed a similar […]

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White & Case enters strategic partnership with Cass business school

White & Case has entered a strategic partnership with Cass Business School’s Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC). The partnership, which launched on 1 January, saw White & Case become the sole law firm appointed as a senior sponsor to Cass – alongside Credit Suisse, EY and private investment company Ardian.  The deal will see […]

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