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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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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has declared that the legal framework governing UK intelligence services’ receipt of communications intercepted by the NSA violated Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The ruling marks the first time the tribunal – which considers complaints brought against GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 – has ruled […]

Cadwalader’s profit per partner drops by 15 per cent as revenue stalls at $481m

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft saw its gross revenue remain flat in 2014, with a minimal dip from $481.7 to $481.5m. The figure follows three years of consecutive revenue growth for the New York-based firm, which suffered particularly heavy losses during the economic downturn. The firm’s profits per partner dropped more substantially last year, by 15.3 […]

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Novae Group appoints RSA lawyer as first group general counsel

Insurance underwriter Novae Group has appointed Alexandra Moon as its first-ever group general counsel. The move will also see her join Novae Group’s executive committee, reporting into its chief executive Matthew Fosh. Novae Group, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1998, is a specialist Lloyds insurer. Moon joined on 2 February […]

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