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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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Hogan Lovells has posted a 3.6 per cent rise in global revenue to $1.779bn (£1.16bn) in 2014 in its year-end firm-wide results. The rate of growth spurt is slower than the year before, when Hogan Lovells’ revenue jumped by 5.2 per cent to $1.718bn.  Average profit per equity partner (PEP) increased by 0.8 per cent […]

Cadwalader client Aer Lingus triumphs over rival Ryanair in Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has rejected a claim brought by Ryanair against the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) and Aer Lingus in the ongoing battle over the budget airline’s stake in its rival. Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice Patten and Lord Justice Floyd dismissed the appeal against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s ruling last year […]

A&O and Linklaters earn bumper payday as public M&A fees rebound

It’s fair to say that the UK’s public M&A market has been going through somewhat of a dry patch, at least compared to the heady days of the mid-2000s. The number of deals has shrunk, having a knock-on effect on the number of law firms instructed. And the legal fees paid by the companies involved […]

Clean-air company that Walker Morris built wins innovation award

A pioneering technology developed by a spin-out company from the University of Salford has been recognised for its ingenuity at the Times Higher Education Awards. The Salford Valve Company was spun out from the university in 2013 and was assisted in its formation by a multidisciplinary team from Walker Morris comprising specialists from the  corporate, commercial […]

No5 Chambers’ Susan Monaghan to speak at accountancy conference

Susan Monaghan, member of No5 Chambers regulatory and licensing group, is speaking at an MBL seminar entitled The Regulator & Complaints Handling for Accountants, to be held on 30 April in London and 8 May in Manchester. The seminar will enable delegates to deal with complaints and if necessary, the regulator. It will also cover how to […]

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