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Tools and solutions for increasing access to international arbitration – An overview

By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

Supreme Court – Sporting rights over land are capable of being easements

By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Austria – Teleradiology and other healthcare advancements

By Florian Kusznier Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome. Teleradiology is one area where technological advancements allow […]

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In brief: Employment courses for in-house teams

Dibb Lupton Broomhead is targeting in-house lawyers with a series of employment law training programmes to run over coming months. The programme, which has already been presented to personnel professionals, will educate in-house teams on the latest developments in the area and on the input coming from Europe. The first event will be held at […]

NI Diplocks make way for drugs

CRIMINAL lawyers in Northern Ireland have reported a sharp surge in drug-related work and an equivalent downturn in Diplock court cases as the IRA ceasefire reshapes the pattern of their legal work. Solicitors say drug dealers have moved onto the estates of Belfast as the paramilitaries have discontinued “punishment” of criminals. The number of hearings […]

City clients seek value for money

Big company clients are sticking with the City for their lawyers but are less loyal and are using more beauty parades, claims a recent study. According to research from Focus Consulting, over half of the respondent companies said advisers should pitch regularly for work. Sixty per cent said they had considered or are considering changing […]

Finders aren't always keepers

When solicitor Anne Hind, of Blackpool-based firm John Budd & Co, took on a client seeking legal advice over ownership of a medieval brooch he had found, she could not have anticipated the extent to which the case would run. And Hind’s experience and her past brushes with the laws of treasure trove did little […]

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