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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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Law Society instructs Kingsley Napley to launch JR of 600% court fee hikes

The Law Society has instructed Kingsley Napley to bring legal action against the Government over court fee hikes that it claims are “tantamount to selling justice”. The body has launched proceedings for a judicial review to challenge ministers’ plans to raise court fees by up to 600 per cent for claimants using the civil, family […]

Royal Mail GC delivers as change sweeps through the postal service

Royal Mail general counsel Neil Harnby has navigated a controversial IPO, negotiated an agreement with the industry’s union and made the legal team central to Royal Mail’s decision-making, and led a major shake up of its external advisers. In this week’s in-house interview Harnby reveals the complexity of the £3.3bn IPO , which was the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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