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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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Computer copyright proposals 'unfair'

COMPUTER lawyers have given a cool response to plans for new copyright laws to be put before the Department of Trade and Industry this week. The proposals aimed at controlling the use of protected material on the Internet have been criticised as “unfair” and “unworkable”. Plans for a “transmission right” to ensure copyright owners receive […]

SJ Berwin lawyer takes Bank of England to task over Barings

SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has slammed the Bank of England for “evasion” over issues relating to the Barings collapse and is preparing to launch an independent inquiry for creditor clients. Stone, acting as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), says the bank “appeared reluctant to answer entirely relevant questions concerning the […]

In brief: Queen's part-time legal secretary courses

London-based Queen’s Business and Secretarial College is to begin offering part-time courses leading to its Legal Secretarial Certificates. Ollie Edwards, Queen’s marketing director, says: “The course is designed for secretaries who want to change direction and move into the legal field.” The college can be contacted on 0171 589 8583.

Two cheers for democracy

While British lawyers spent this month’s American Bar Association (ABA) conference forging contacts and drumming up business, their American colleagues spent much of their time debating euthanasia. And when they weren’t discussing physician-assisted suicide, they were grappling with a host of other social issues. It all left the Brits a tad bemused. As one senior […]

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