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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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US firms steal a march on UK counterparts in diversity stakes

US firms are leading the way when it comes to the representation of ethnic minorities in their workforces, although proportions remain low across the board, this year’s diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has revealed. The league table focused on analysing the numbers of female and ethnic minority partners, associates, trainees and paralegals […]

Hogan Lovells partner sets up Paris litigation boutique

Hogan Lovells Paris partner Jean-Georges Betto has quit the firm to launch his own litigation boutique, taking three other staff with him. Betto, an international arbitration specialist, launched the boutique, Betto Seraglini, in recent weeks. Counsel Gaelle Lequillec, associate Alexandre Reynaud and Elsa Nicolet have all joined the firm. According to the new firm’s website, […]

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Freshfields loses corporate partner to BP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has seen Düsseldorf corporate partner Hildegard Bison leave to join the European arm of longstanding client BP in a senior in-house role. Bison, who has been at the magic circle firm for 18 years, has joined BP Europa as assistant general counsel and legal manager for FVC Rhine, the oil giant’s fuels […]

BT’s Tikit to the legal market

The IT director of one top 20 firm today admitted he was “shocked” by BT’s acquisition yesterday of legal technology provider Tikit. ‘Shocked’, because comparatively this is a tiny company (it was a £64.2m deal) being acquired by a monolithic giant. What’s the plan, he wondered? Well, neither BT nor Tikit are saying much outside […]

Anti-Money Laundering toolkit helps solicitors prevent misuse by criminals

The Law Society has produced a comprehensive guide for solicitors to help them protect against misuse by criminals and demonstrate compliance with anti-money laundering requirements.  The Toolkitdetails all the latest anti-money laundering legislation and is designed to provide law firms with practical ‘need to know’ information. It contains a full range of draft policies, procedures […]

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