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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.


Dawn of the super-set?

39 Essex Street/4-5 Gray’s Inn link-up could be a sign of things to come It is difficult to pinpoint what triggered talks between London sets 4-5 Gray’s Inn Chambers and 39 Essex Street Chambers, but the result will be the creation of London’s largest civil set. We can’t call this one a merger because, technically, […]

General Medical Council

Irwin Mitchell, RJW, Thompsons on standby for breast cancer clin neg case

Irwin Mitchell, Russell, Jones & Walker and Thompsons are among a group of nine firms pursuing claims against a doctor who has been suspended by the General Medical Council after he allegedly performed “unnecessary or inappropriate” breast cancer operations on more than 1,000 women. Doctor Ian Paterson is being pursued by more than 400 claimants, […]


Local authority bodies moot merger as Law Society reviews grant

Solicitors in Local Government (SLG), the professional body representing the 4,000 local government lawyers in England and Wales, is proposing to merge with The Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) in a bid to provide a ‘single voice’ on local authority legal issues. The proposals, which will be put to SLG members at an […]


Mis-grilling claims

Eversheds under fire for taking a tough line with rate swap mis-selling claimants The involvement of Eversheds in interest rate swap mis-selling cases is becoming a sore point among claimant lawyers. The firm has been brought in by Barclays to audit claims selected for the FSA’s redress scheme. With Matthew Arnold & Baldwin and Simmons […]

Spanish trio acts as Bertelsmann takes over Random House Mondadori

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, d’Urso Gatti e Bianchi, Garrigues and Uría Menéndez have all landed roles as the Bertelsmann Group acquires a 50 per cent stake in Barcelona-based Random House Mondadori, Random House’s trade book publisher in Spain and Latin America, for €54.5m (£43.6m). Cuatrecasas and Uría Menéndez acted for the German multinational media conglomerate. Barcelona-based […]

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