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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.


Lim Kar Han

Lim Kar Han, Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia

I lived in Sydney for 10 years where I absorbed the values of integrity and respect and learned to appreciate mateship (Aussie for friendship) Position  – Senior partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co What was your first-ever job? (prior to becoming a lawyer)  Accounts assistant (whilst at university) Where did you study? (give dates)  Universityof Sydney, 1980 […]

Michael Ward, Gateley

Gateley to cut 19 fee-earner positions from English offices

Gateley is embarking upon its first redundancy round since the economic slowdown began, with up to 19 fee-earners facing the axe. The redundancies will affect up to 19 fee-earners – including partners but not trainees – in the construction, real estate, dispute resolution and employment practices across the firm’s English offices, apart from Leeds and […]

Hugh Tomlinson QC

What should Leveson’s report propose?

Independence and effectiveness will be key to any system of media regulation, says Hugh Tomlinson QC The Leveson Report should propose a system of media regulation that promotes and protects the right of the media to publish information on public interest matters and the right of the public to receive it. The new system should […]

Dan Tench

The options for Leveson

The viable options open to Lord Justice Leveson fall into four main categories, says Dan Tench, who examines them here The key issue that Lord Justice Leveson has to address in his report is the appropriate model for regulation of the press. Numerous proposals have been advanced but the viable options essentially fall into four […]

Charlotte Harris

Standard bearer

Whatever comes out of the Leveson Report, it should be remembered that its author only has the power to recommend, says Charlotte Harris There appears to be agreement that the press must be regulated. The question is, should that be self regulation or an independent regulator? As lawyers, we are regulated by the Bar Council […]

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