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New Court of Appeal case a game-changer for arbitration in family law

By Sarah Green A recent Court of Appeal case has the potential to change the landscape of arbitration in family law. With the court backlog worse than ever as a result of Covid-19, out-of-court settlement options, such as Early Neutral Evaluations, Private FDRs and Arbitration are seen as increasingly attractive prospects for separating couples, who […]

Decade-long Saad litigation settled between AHAB and Grant Thornton Defendants

By Rupert Bell, Shelley White, Colette Wilkins, Andrew Gibson, Arikka Farley After over 11 years of litigation, Walkers Cayman is pleased to announce that Walkers’ clients, the Grant Thornton Defendants, have reached a confidential settlement with AHAB which results in their release from the AHAB v. Saad Investments and Others proceedings in the Cayman Islands. The proceedings […]

The remote trustee: Getting your house in order after the Covid-19 pandemic

By David Pytches, Monique Bhullar, Philip Paschalides, David Pytches, Clive Thomas To say 2020 has been a challenging year for many would be an understatement. The onset of COVID-19 saw significant hardships for millions of people globally and the economic impacts continue to ripple across the world’s economy, with many expecting these negative consequences to […]

How to manage virtual cross-cultural teams – Interculturality

How to manage virtual teams In our last blog, we explored why it’s important to capitalise on internal resources by designing inclusive workplaces. Inclusion often encounters resistance among those who consider it a passing HR trend and feel the voice of the diversity and inclusion (D&I) advocates is too paternalistic. But often this resistance exists because […]


Catrin Griffiths

Pain of the panel review is just the start

Panel reviews elicit many opinions. General counsel get furious that law firms haven’t read the spec properly, while private practice lawyers and business development professionals complain that half the time clients aren’t sure what they’re really after. As our main feature this week illustrates, these irritations haven’t stopped the trend of external adviser reviews: far […]

Lehman’s legacy continues to haunt

It’s Friday the 13th, punk. Fancy something spooky? For those suffering friggatriskaidekaphobia – that’s a fear of Friday 13 – we’ll keep it light. This tale doesn’t involve mythological black cats, umbrella moments or rickety ladders. Instead we’re talking the defining moment of the credit crunch – five years ago this weekend, Lehman Brothers collapsed […]

A Swede deal

McDermott Will & Emery’s loss would appear to be Bakers’ gain, as one of the world’s biggest law firms makes its move to infill one of the few more obvious gaps in its international platform. To that end Bakers has hired Mats Sacklén, a former White & Case London-based partner qualified in both Swedish and […]

Antoine Mercier and team join DLA Piper’s Paris real estate group

DLA Piper has appointed Antoine Mercier, former partner at Dentons, to head of the real estate group. He will be arriving alongside his team, including Marie Poulhies (counsel), Myriam Mejdoubi, Julien Chabanat, Charlotte Louis-Sylvestre and François-Xavier Piollat (associates). Mercier specialises in domestic and pan-European real estate acquisition and financing. Prior to co-heading an international team at […]

Pressure mounts on professional indemnity market as renewal date moves closer

Firms with fewer than 10 partners are being forced into the unrated insurance market when it comes to renewing professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover, leading insurance brokers have warned. While larger firms have seen rates relax as the final 1 October renewal date moves closer, smaller firms are being rejected by top-rated underwriters, which are […]

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