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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.

Around the world (of Big Tech regulation) in 8 minutes

When Trump was ultimately banned from most mainstream social media services during his final month in office, many questioned if Big Tech should have the power to silence a sitting President in this way and if they had the right rationale to do so. Trump has now handed over @POTUS to Joe Biden and the whole world is talking about what may be in store for Big Tech when it comes to regulation as a result of this transformed understanding.


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Pinsent Masons picks up energy team from Bond Dickinson

Pinsent Masons has bulked up its global energy group with the addition of Bond Dickinson oil and gas specialist Paul McGoldrick in London and corporate partner Osama Hassan in Dubai. McGoldrick joined Pinsents’ London office last month with legal directors John McSparran and Jane Chester and solicitor Katie Rich. He was a partner in Bond […]

MP report accuses MoJ of playing catch-up with civil legal aid reform

Less than a month after The Law Society’s appeal against legal aid cuts reached the courts, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been hit with a damning report on its civil aid reformsfrom MPs in the Public Accounts Committee. The report states that the MoJ has been playing catch-up since the implementation of its reforms […]


Fladgate hires three Locke Lord partners in largest-ever lateral move

Fladgate is bringing in its largest-ever batch of lateral hires, with a total of five partners joining the firm in the space of a fortnight. The Covent Garden firm’s hires include a team of three from newly merged Locke Lord Edwards (12 January 2015). Real estate and finance partner Daniel Polden, corporate partner Graham Spitz […]

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Clifford Chance: A lockstep out of time

Clifford Chance’s top of equity pay lags behind its peers yet partners have so far resisted change. They may not for much longer. Last month Clifford Chance (CC) confirmed that it was beginning a comprehensive review of its global lockstep remuneration system. It’s a timely move coming as it does amidst a continuing series of […]


Freshfields and Weil win seats as DFS lists on the London Stock Exchange

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil Gotshal & Manges have won key roles on the initial public offering of DFS on the London Stock Exchange. The furniture retailer is aiming to raise £105m through the listing process, which it will use to reduce debts and future financing costs. Weil is advising longstanding client Advent International, which […]

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