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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.



Moves: 5 November 2012

Nick Stainthorpe has left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate, and joined Reed Smith in London as a partner in the structured finance group. UK London Nick Stainthorpe has left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate, and joined Reed Smith in London as a partner in the structured finance […]


Revealed: the lawyers who helped Obama win second term in White House

The legal industry backed the winner in yesterday’s US presidential election, with lawyers and law firms donating twice as much to Democrat Barack Obama’s successful campaign than to Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful one. Incumbent Obama was declared the victor in the early hours of the morning UK time, winning a second term as US […]

Dentons: the resurrection

The long-running merger discussions between SNR Denton and Salans have taken a dramatic new step, with The Lawyeryesterday exclusively revealing the duo’s three-way tie-up with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC). And it’s a deal with more curiosities and surprises than an episode of Surprise Surprise. Most startling is the name the combined firm is […]


Slaughters to part company with 41 secretaries at end of consultation

Slaughter and May is set to axe 32.7 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in its secretarial team after finalising a round of redundancies. A total of 41 secretaries have chosen to take voluntary redundancy, which includes a redundancy pay package, while approximately three to four in the evening team are being asked to exit the firm […]


Pinsents launches second post-merger redundancy round

Pinsent Masons is beginning a second round of redundancies following its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors, with up to 15 jobs set to go. Pinsents merged with McGrigors on 1 May (6 February 2012) and cut 47 jobs among its business development, IT, HR and facilities staff in the summer (24 August 2012) as a […]

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