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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.


European moves: 1 November 2012

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux IP boutique Hoyng Monegier has picked up Hogan Lovells partner Carla Schoonderbeek, less than 18 months after she joined the international firm from Nauta Dutilh (31 October 2012). Schoonderbeek joins Hoyng Monegier’s Amsterdam office as a partner along with lawyer […]

Shaheed Fatima

The day after yesterday

With the East Coast of America facing up to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Blackstone Chambers barrister Shaheed Fatima shares her experiences of life under lockdown in the Big Apple Tuesday, 30 October: the day after Sandy hit Manhattan. Greenwich Village does not look like itself. There are no lights on, no neon signs. There […]


Clifford Chance and Travers exit revamped TfL panel

Transport for London (TfL) has cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11 following a review, with Clifford Chance and Travers Smith among four firms to exit the roster. The revamped panel comprises newly appointed firms Lewis Silkin, SNR Denton and Trowers & Hamlins alongside existing members Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus […]

Open goal

Destination transparency, as Russian bank publishes law panel application results Panel reviews, particularly at the world’s leading banks, are always keenly awaited, highly sought-after and – as many lawyers would admit – often overhyped. Perhaps this is down to the mystique that surrounds most panel revamps, what with the majority of banks refraining from publishing […]


Cooke Young & Keidan wins right to take Barclays Libor claims to High Court

Clifford Chance has failed in its attempt to have Libor rate-fixing claims against banking giant Barclays thrown out, setting the stage for what is one the most hotly anticipated banking disputes to spin out of the recession. Clifford Chance partner Ian Moulding instructed 3 Verulam Buildings’ Adrian Beltrami QC to lead defence of the case, […]

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