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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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Solicitor advocates told no-go on wigs

SOLICITOR advocates have been denied the right to wear wigs in the higher courts after the Lord Chancellor handed down his decision on the matter last week. Following recent consultation on the subject Lord Mackay sent a letter to Law Society president Charles Elly saying he intended to maintain the status quo that only allows […]

In brief: Midlands focus correction

We wish to point out that the town and county planning group based at 5 Fountain Court, Birmingham, is headed by QCs Harry Wolton and Martin Kingston, and not QCs Jeremy Cahill and Roger Giles as stated in our Midland focus feature ‘Set to take on London’ published in The Lawyer 4 April.

Partner fails in damages claim

A FORMER partner in City firm Malkin Janners, which is in the final stages of winding up, has failed in a High Court damages claim against fellow partners. The case spotlighted questions of travel expenses being used by partners for personal rather than business travel. Mr Justice Carnwath dismissed the action brought by Robert Hurst […]

Young bows out over sex claims

EILEEN Pembridge has accused the Law Society leadership of resisting her private calls for John Young to step down from office two years ago after “numerous” sexual harassment allegations were made against him. Pembridge, a presidential candidate, says those who knew about the allegations and yet continued to back Young’s presidential candidacy are now in […]

Fulfilling a professional duty

The SOlicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) has reported a marked increase in the number of couples filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery or unreasonable behaviour a trend it is blaming on uncertainty surrounding the introduction of the Family Law Act. The SFLA says government dithering over when to introduce part two of the […]

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