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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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Shearman to migrate Hong Kong staff to new Shanghai office

Shearman & Sterling is gearing up to launch in Shanghai within the year, with plans to transfer a large section of its Hong Kong team across to the new office. Beijing managing partner Lee Edwards said the firm expected to have the Shanghai office, its second in mainland China, operational by the fourth quarter of 2006 or the […]

Councils set to take Govt to court over estimates

Local authorities across the country are teaming up to challenge the Government’s population estimates in a row that could land the Government in court. Slough Borough Council is leading the protest from the South and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is leading the protest from the North. Redcar’s director of finance and procurement Ray Richardson […]

Travers turnover up 25 per cent

Travers Smith has posted significant increases in both total revenues and profits for the 2005-06 financial year. Turnover at the City firm rose 25 per cent to £68.1m while average profit per equity partner smashed the £700,000 barrier, at £705,000. Managing partner Chris Carroll said trading conditions had been “very benign”. He said the increase […]

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Howard Kennedy and Lydiard win $77m negligence case

Howard Kennedy and Brick Court Chambers’ silk Andrew Lydiard have won the negligence case brought against them by a Portuguese businessman. Antonio Anibale Andrade Baptista Lopes withdrew his claim of $77m (£41.7m) in the High Court this morning (13 July) and agreed to pay both Howard Kennedy and Lydiard costs on an indemnity basis. Lydiard […]

Structural shift

With the advent of LLPs, the Legal Services Bill and the additional option of an alternative business structure, the legal profession should be prepared for a dramatic period of change. By Colin Ives By the end of this year, more than 50 per cent of the top 100 UK law firms will have become limited-liability […]

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