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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.



BLP elects employment head Lisa Mayhew as managing partner

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners have elected head of employment Lisa Mayhew as managing partner effective 1 May.  Last week The Lawyer revealed the two would go head-to-head today in the firm’s first contested managing partner election for 16 years (29 January 2015). Incumbent managing partner Neville Eisenberg is expected to make a play for […]


Dentons’ UKMEA profits soar 33 per cent in first year of merger

Net profit for Dentons’ UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) operations rose by 33 per cent in the first full year since the firm’s tripartite merger, from £27.7m to £37m in 2013/14. The firm’s LLP accounts report that profitability rose on the back of a 3.4 per cent increase in turnover, from £142.8m in 2012/13 […]

Lloyd's of London

HFW gears up for March managing partner election

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) managing partner George Eddings is set for a challenge to his leadership in March as his two-year tenure comes up for renewal. Eddings was head of global shipping and transport before he was elected managing partner in 2012. He replaced his predecessor Greg Gray, after an uninterrupted 10-year stint at the […]

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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Locke Lord’s Clements: “We got the team we wanted”

The merger between Locke Lord and Edwards Wildman Palmer is less than a month old, but chair Jerry Clements’ term at the top has already stood the test of time.  Clements was named chair of legacy Locke Liddell & Sapp in 2006 (it became Locke Lord in 2007 after the merger with Lord Bissell & […]

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