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  • Two major dispute resolution organisations are behind this new, low-cost solution: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). With many courts anticipating a big increase in demand for COVID-19 related commercial litigation, the two organisations have established a value-focussed, fixed cost service for disputes over monetary amounts between £5,000 and £250,000. The online resource offers facilitated negotiation, low-cost arbitration and mediation, and companies can proceed with or without a lawyer. The online resource offers facilitated negotiation, low-cost arbitration and mediation, and companies can proceed with or without a lawyer. With group of senior retired judges recently stating that international courts and arbitral tribunals need a ‘breathing space’ if they are not to be overwhelmed, this new service should be warmly received in many quarters. CIArb Director General Catherine Dixon commented: Ensuring everyone has access to... Read More

  • A recent announcement in the House of Commons may lead to venues such as sports halls and hotel conference rooms being used as temporary court rooms should there be a backlog of claims and cases following the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown. In England and Wales there are already over 1,400 cases waiting for dates at both the Crown court and magistrates court, a number that increases to grow week by week. Presenting a range of solutions to Parliament designed to address any backlog, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett of Maldon said that subject to the appropriate social distancing requirements being in place and ‘with a bit of luck’, all courts should be in a position to re-open by the end of June. However, with current courts likely to struggle with demand, he suggested that temporary venues could be used in the short... Read More

  • In a claim filed at a court in New York City, USA last month, software giant Microsoft is facing legal action over alleged unauthorised use of professional photographers’ images. The images in question were taken by American photographer Matilde Gattoni and appeared in an article titled 'These are the women leading China’s wine revolution’. The article was published both on the Wall Street Journal website and on the MSN website, owned by Microsoft. The MSN article also featured a Washington Post header, an indication that it was a syndicated article. The images had also been used and published at the end of 2018. Currently based in Barcelona, Spain, Gattoni is a French-Italian photographer who specialises in covering global social, environmental and human rights issues. The well-travelled professional is claiming that her photographs were used in the MSN article without proper licence... Read More