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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 […]

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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 […]

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