Dissent, it turns out, comes at a price even in disputes

Dissent, it turns out, comes at a price even in disputes

Joe Tirado argues that dissenting opinions in arbitration are a double-edged sword There are many so-called ‘hot’ topics in international arbitration that could have been the subject of this article, but ultimately the topic chose itself. In arbitration, a dissenting opinion is a written statement that an arbitrator can make to express their disagreement with …

Guest post: An immigration lawyer reviews Paddington and gives him some advice

Guest post: An immigration lawyer reviews Paddington and gives him some advice

Law is pretty abstract. Unlike the role of a doctor or a builder, that of a lawyer is difficult to explain to a young mind. When my children eventually ask me about what I do when I ‘work’ (confusingly simultaneously a place I seem to go to and a thing I do at home; either …

Guest post: Christmas comes early – SFO scores 1st Bribery Act convictions

Guest post: Christmas comes early – SFO scores 1st Bribery Act convictions

The SFO has successfully prosecuted its first series of Bribery Act convictions. On Friday the SFO reported that ‘Gary Lloyd West, former Director and Chief Commercial Officer of SAE, James Brunel Whale, former Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SGG and Stuart John Stone, Director of SJ Stone Ltd, a sales agent of unregulated …

Guest post: judicial review at bay – playing ping pong with the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

Guest post: judicial review at bay – playing ping pong with the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

Judicial review has been described by Liberty as ‘a crucial tool which allows ordinary people to challenge decisions by the authorities – either because they’re unlawful, irrational, or made in the wrong way’. This tool has come under attack from the Government. In this post, I look at the House of Commons debate on 1 …

Guest post: The West Lothian Question – a few thoughts

Guest post: The West Lothian Question – a few thoughts

The so-called West Lothian question is a political and not legal question. It was asked as long ago as 1977 by Tam Dalyell MP who represented West Lothian from 1962 to 1983 and Linlithgow from 1983 to 2005. The question asks whether MPs from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, sitting in the House of Commons …

Guest post: Full of sound and fury on human rights – the Conservative’s British Bill of Rights

Guest post: Full of sound and fury on human rights – the Conservative’s British Bill of Rights

The Conservative plan for a ‘British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’ is finally being made clear today. The tone of the proposals is harsh and uncompromising, and politically calculated to be. Lawyers will be shocked, and yes, some of their clients will be worse off. Tory Eurosceptics and tabloids will be jubilant, and potential UKIP …

Guest post: The Blind Men & Big Data – what does Big Data mean for law firms?

Guest post: The Blind Men & Big Data – what does Big Data mean for law firms?

A few weeks ago I returned from the 37th annual ILTA education conference, which was held this year at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville.The Gaylord in Nashville is not my favorite venue. It was cobbled together from the original Opryland Hotel when the Gaylord company decided to build conference destinations. It’s difficult to easily …