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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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Order in (and out of) the house: what to do if an employee’s behaviour damages your company’s reputation

By Helen Burgess Hear, hear! Lord Sewel resigned following allegations involving drugs and prostitutes. But what if an employee in similar circumstances doesn’t resign – can you dismiss? What happened? It’s unlikely to have escaped your notice that Lord Sewel resigned after being filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes. As the deputy speaker of the […]

How to have a relaxing holiday

Picture the scene: after months of hard work, you’re finally lying by the pool, relaxing in the sunshine, sipping a colourful drink with an umbrella in it and toying with the idea of picking up that novel you’ve been meaning to read for ages when….your phone rings. It’s the office and they need you to […]

Holiday and family leave: are employees entitled to take holiday even after a period of family leave?

By Charlotte Staples Employees who take ‘family leave’ may not always given the opportunity to take accrued holiday when they return. But is this legal? Family leave encompasses several leave entitlements: maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave. In some cases employees who have been absent on such leave are not permitted by their employer […]

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