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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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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 24 February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is out and lawyers are getting in on the action. No, not like that, although what you do in your private lives is none of our concern. But for a little piece of legal-related Fifty Shades gossip, check in with The Lawyer’s legendary diarist, Tulkinghorn, who’s come out of retirement and […]

Clifford Chance sees five partners quit Germany in a month

Germany has been a large part of Clifford Chance’s European operations for years, ever since 2000 when it merged with Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster. Some 15 years on from that merger, change is afoot. Last year new German managing partner Peter Dieners began a review of the firm’s German operations with a view to slimming down its 83-strong […]

Shearman & Sterling’s London revenue grows by 7 per cent to $144.6m

Shearman & Sterling’s London office increased its revenue from $134.8m to $144.6m (£93.4m) in 2014, marking its fifth year of consecutive growth. The office generated 17.1 per cent of the firm’s total revenue of $845m last year. Globally, the firm’s turnover increased by 3 per cent, from $820.5m in 2013 (20 February 2014).  Shearman’s firmwide […]

‘Abusive’ MP action dismissed thanks to Collyer Bristow “wise counsel”

Judge throws out ‘abusive’ civil action against Caroline Nokes. A judge at the London County Court has thrown out a legal action against Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, brought against her by the founder of Fathers4Justice and his wife.  Noakes was represented by Collyer Bristow partner Rhory Robertson, whom she thanked for his “wise counsel”.

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Global Law Summit: Susskind & Co on the future of the law

Richard Susskind revealed his view of the future at the Global Law Summit this week. For many, it’s not pretty. This week’s Global Law Summit (GLS) has offered up far more than simply a celebration of 800 years of Magna Carta. The UK legal market’s best-known cheerleader for change Richard Susskind spoke of a “gargantuan […]

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