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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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Review of the year 2008: Cometh the crunch

The Lawyer continued to report the big stories that shaped the year. January Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft gave us a taste of things to come when it laid off 35 ­associates. By the end of the year nearly every firm would be doing the same. Lovells marked the end of an era with the departure […]

Lambeth Council launches panel review

The London Borough of Lambeth has begun a panel review to service its new-look legal function. Among the firms currently on the panel are Bircham Dyson Bell, Eversheds, Nabarro, Sharpe Pritchard and TPP Law, all of which are in the corporate and PFI group. The other seven parts of the panel feature Judge & ­Priestley […]

Simmons’ Rotterdam office on the edge

Lawyers in the Rotterdam office of Simmons & Simmons will learn their fate by the end of January following a consultation over closing the branch. Rotterdam is the firm’s second-largest office with 27 partners, but has not made the expected gains in the Dutch market since Simmons merged with local firm Nolst Trenite in 2002. […]

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Beresfords’ reputation left in tatters as miners compensation duo are struck off

Beresfords Solicitors partner Jim Beresford has been struck off along with his colleague Douglas Smith after all but three of 11 allegations of professional misconduct against them were upheld by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). The duo found themselves in front of the tribunal for failing to act in the interests of their clients by […]

Cripps appraisal sees associates’ pay related to performance

Tunbridge Wells-based firm Cripps Harries Hall is to overhaul staff pay scales to link associates’ pay directly to performance. The firm will incorporate the performance-related pay scale with its new appraisal process. Cripps HR director Jim Fennell said he hopes to roll out the system by the New Year. He explained: “Under the old appraisal […]

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