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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.



Phone hacking lawyer Mark Lewis leaves Taylor Hampton for Seddons

Taylor Hampton partner and phone hacking victims’ lawyer Mark Lewis has joined Seddons as a partner. Lewis represented a number of claimants in the case against News International following the News of the World phone hacking scandal in 2012, including the Dowler family and a number of American citizens against News Corporation in the US […]


Revenue at Paul Weiss hits $1bn mark in 2014 year-end results

US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has broken through the billion-dollar barrier in its 2014 financial results, posting a 11 per cent boost in revenue to $1.03bn (£677m). Partner profits grew 6 per cent during the 2014 financial year, rising from $3.6m to $3.8m. Paul Weiss’ overall headcount also increased, with a 10 per cent […]

Eversheds recruits six consultants to launch regulatory compliance offering

Eversheds has hired six regulatory compliance consultants in a bid to expand the remit of its financial services team under the leadership of partner David Saunders. Simon Chapman, Noreen Husain and Clive Summers have joined the firm from the specialist regulatory and compliance practice of Resources Global Professionals (RGP) in January. Jean-Paul Simoes and Jonathan […]


Ashurst’s finances boosted by Australian merger as cash total doubles

Ashurst doubled its cash reserves from £15.5m to £30.4m in 2013/14, according to its latest LLP accounts filed with Companies House. The firm began the 2013/14 financial year with net debt of £13.9m, and finished the period with net funds of £3.2m, largely due to its increased cash flow. During the last full financial year, […]

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