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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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Who will rid us of the zombie firms?

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Turcan Connell hires family law duo from Maclay Murray & Spens

Scottish private client firm Turcan Connell has hired a senior family law team from Maclay Murray & Spens to join its Glasgow office, which opened just over two months ago. Noel Ferry, head of family at Maclays, has joined Turcan Connell’s Glasgow office as a senior associate alongside senior solicitor Roger Mackenzie. Ferry specialises in […]

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Portugal’s Miranda launches London base to boost transatlantic offering

Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados has become the first major Portuguese law firm to open an office in London, taking advantage of the growing interest from both UK and international investors in the African market. The new base will assist clients with oil and gas, banking and finance, real estate, mining, tax, construction and infrastructure, […]

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