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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.


Lord Phillips

Lord Phillips joins Brick Court as arbitrator

Brick Court Chambers has added the former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, to its roster of arbitrators. It marks a return to the set for Phillips, who had a commercial practice in Brick Court until he was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division in 1987. Following his retirement from the court (4 April […]

European moves: 22 November 2012

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach has added to its corporate capabilities with the hire of a partner from Linklaters’ Luxembourg office, Laurent Schummer (6 November 2012). Schummer joins Arendt after six years as a partner at Linklaters, having joined legacy […]


Quartet of firms advises as Mittal acquires parts of Lafarge and Anglo American

Eversheds, Freeth Cartwright, Linklaters and Mayer Brown have all won roles advising as cement maker Lafarge and mining company Anglo American agree to sell various parts of their construction materials operations to Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. The sale, understood to be worth up to £272m, will see the two companies sell their UK building […]

Risk control

Ask an in-house lawyer why they chose a path away from private practice and the answer is usually the same: they wanted to get closer to the business. Judging by a recent survey from KPMG and Meridien West that canvassed 320 in-house counsel across 32 countries, rising regulation is seeing in-housers get more involved in […]

Why Cameron has got it wrong on judicial review reform

It seems that David Cameron is a firm believer in the old adage that no government ever lost votes by attacking the legal profession. After LASPO’s cuts to legal aid provision, the coalition is now gunning for judicial reviews (JR). In a speech to the CBI on Monday outlining his proposed reforms, Cameron lamented that […]

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