The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

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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 […]

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CMS is expanding its Middle East footprint with a new office in Abu Dhabi, marking the firm’s sixth office in the region. CMS already has a presence in Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. London infrastructure partner David Moore will spearhead the new outpost, aided by the team in Dubai. The opening comes as […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright calls time on four-day week scheme

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is suspending its use of the temporary Flex scheme just five months after asking employees to work a four-day week to protect jobs. The Lawyer can reveal that the suspension will come into force at the end of this week and will apply to all members of staff in the firm’s […]

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Property dispute against Clydes gets go-ahead after High Court ruling

Parallel lawsuits against Clyde & Co and Deloitte will go ahead after the High Court ruled that the property dispute can proceed to a substantive hearing. The disputes centre around a property business that came out of insolvency in 2015. The claimants, Rhino Enterprises Properties Limited (REPL) and Askwith Investments Limited (AIL), owned several properties until […]

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