As we emerge from lockdown restrictions litigators should carefully note a speech on 26th March 2021 by the new Master of the Rolls, Geoffrey Vos at Hull University. In this speech he built on recent judicial thinking that parties want a resolution of their dispute rather than an expensive and, until judgment, uncertain adjudication.
For commercial disputes there is a perception that litigation insurance is only for claimants – and not for insuring defendants. In this article we get under the skin of why that perception exists with commercial litigators.
Hanger Holdings v (1) Perlake Corporation SA and (2) Simon Croft – Neutral Citation Number:  EWHC 81 (Ch)
If the accusation is this is just another example (albeit on a grander scale) of insurers wriggling out of their contractual obligations, then in the court of public opinion, they are guilty as charged. There is, however, a defence to be made in support of the position they took.
A few years ago Jessie J sang about ‘shades on your eyes’ and ‘ba–bling ba-bling’ in her song ‘Price Tag’ but, for commercial dispute resolution disbursement funding, is it also all about the price tag?
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Legislative amendments to the British Virgin Islands trust legislation took effect on 9 July 2021 under the Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2021. The reforms introduce welcome improvements to the BVI’s Trustee Act and ensure that the BVI remains a leading offshore jurisdiction for the establishment, administration, and maintenance of trusts.
The power to exclude a beneficiary from a trust must be exercised with due care, failing which an excluded beneficiary may be able to obtain relief from the court.
For sophisticated investors looking for the next opportunity, decentralized finance (DeFi) offers a new way to invest in crypto assets in an on-demand digital world. However, before jumping in with both feet it’s critical to understand what DeFi is, how it works, its potential return on investment and its inherent risks. In this session we explore the burgeoning DeFi landscape, outline key legal considerations and highlight strategies that are currently being offered on various platforms.
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