The City can capitalise further on its reputation for legal services

first_img Stuart Popham is chairman of TheCityUK When I heard Kenneth Clarke say: ‘The City of London is a legal centre – not just a financial one,’ I raised a cheer. He was speaking at my alma mater, Clifford Chance, at an event arranged by the TheCityUK, with the support of the Law Society and the Bar Council. Earlier, he had said: ‘Law as an industry has in the past sometimes felt itself to be something of an overlooked Cinderella in its treatment by government.’ This is quite so. While the politicians and much of the City have been debating the causes of global financial crisis and the banking review, a world-class and export-led home-grown success story was waiting patiently to be told. At the latest count, the legal sector is worth £23.1bn or 1.8% of the UK’s gross domestic product. For those interested in the balance of payments, it is worth a net £3.2bn in exports to the UK – nearly three times more than a decade earlier. This is a major contribution to the nation’s coffers; one which the government has the duty to nurture. I know from my own experience how financial services centres can only thrive if they have the right legal framework to resolve commercial disputes. We are fortunate that the UK, and London in particular, already has this framework and the people to make it a success. One of TheCityUK’s roles is to demonstrate the indivisibility of the mechanisms that make this success: the range of languages, professions, and experts to provide tailored services across the dispute resolution field. We have an envied reputation for the fair, effective and transparent resolution of international commercial disputes. The lord chancellor also told the 100-strong invited audience: ‘I am prepared to wear out much shoe leather promoting the UK as lawyer and adviser to the world, particularly in areas where protectionist regulations remain an impediment.’ This too was a welcome commitment, and one where a true public-private partnership is essential if we are to make the most of our competitive advantages. The industry’s participation and direction, through the recently launched Action Plan, will be vital to identify and break down trade barriers. As an industry, the legal services sector should welcome the commitment to involve representatives from its professional bodies in visits and trade delegations, including prime ministerial missions and the forthcoming visit to India by the lord chancellor. Crucially, there was the understanding that worldwide competition for legal services is set to intensify over the coming decade. In this context, Clarke’s comment on the plan to introduce a European contract law was forthright. It is an ‘Esperanto fallacy’, he said, ‘a utopian belief that a perceived problem of diversity of languages can be solved by creating an extra one’. However, this will be one to watch. There was one topic not touched on in the speech: immigration. International players must be able to plan confidently to use the UK as a base for their global operations. This, along with the visa regime, will be part of the ongoing dialogue between the sector, the business-focused ministries and the Home Office. Next, in October, we will have the ‘Unlocking Disputes’ campaign. This will be launched to complement the opening of the new courts complex at the Rolls Building. It is an industry-led initiative to promote the litigation, arbitration and mediation services available here. It will also be used to brief the Foreign Office and UKTI staff in Britain’s embassies and high commissions who are on the front line of the government’s new ‘commercial diplomacy’. Susan Haird, the deputy chief executive of UKTI, spoke on this aspect of her department’s work during the panel session at the event. Lastly, the Rolls Building itself will bring together the combined specialist judicial expertise of the High Court in relation to financial, business and property disputes. It will be home to the largest concentration of judicial expertise of that type anywhere in the world. We know nobody comes here for the weather or to do business in a particular building because of its shiny new furniture, but the new court is the physical embodiment of a commitment to promote the legal services sector, and the industry’s ambition to make London the venue of choice for resolving global commercial disputes. last_img read more

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DLSU Lady Spikers get near twice-to-beat edge

first_imgLady Spikers was on top 21-17 midway in the third set but Golden Tigresses rallied back to come to within 22-23. A block by Dy on Rondina followed by a kill by May Luna closed the match for La Salle.“Ito iyong isang sakit ng La Salle e. Pagka-long break, pagbalik dito, medyo kinakalawang,” said Lady Spikers mentor Ramil de Jesus.“Medyo hindi tama. Maraming mga unforced errors na ginagalaw. Parang hindi magkakakilala sa loob,” he added.In the opening match, National University Lady Bulldogs carved out a 26-24, 26-24, 25-20 victory over also-ran University of the East Lady Warriors to check a five-game skid.Jaja Santiago finished with 22 points, including three blocks, as Lady Bulldogs assured themselves of a playoff for the remaining Final Four berth./PN De La Salle University Lady Spikers’ Kim Dy launches an attack against University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses. SPIN.PH MANILA – De La Salle University Lady Spikers inched closer to a twice-to-beat incentive in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball after a 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 win over University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses.Kim Dy finished with 12 points, including four blocks and six digs, while reigning MVP Majoy Baron added 9 points as Lady Spikers stayed on top of the standings (10-2) after the Sunday night match at the San Juan Arena.Lady Spikers found itself down 19-23 early in Set 1 before banking on Dy’s consecutive points to tie the scores 23-all. An ace by Desiree Cheng and an error by Golden Tigresses’ Cherry Rondina gave the set to DLSU.La Salle was up early in the second set but UST battled back to force a 21-all count. Back-to-back errors by Golden Tigresses followed by hits by Cheng ended the set for Lady Spikers.last_img read more

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U.S. Open 2019: Serena Williams calms fear over ankle injury

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty falls to Wang Qiang, misses quarter-final with Serena Williams NEW YORK ⁠— Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou moved to allay fears over her right ankle after she turned it during her U.S. Open win over Petra Martic.Williams moved into the last eight, where she will face Wang Qiang, with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of the 22nd seed at Arthur Ashe Stadium. U.S. Open 2019: Novak Djokovic comes through Denis Kudla test amid continued shoulder questions Though she won in relatively comfortable fashion, there was significant concern in the second set as Williams called for the trainer after rolling her ankle when going to the net for a volley. Asked how she felt in a post-match media conference, Williams replied: “Ankle, I usually know if it’s horrible early on. I mean, I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. Related Newscenter_img “I definitely wanted to have a better plan. I probably should have seen a trainer in Australia,” she added.”I definitely thought about that, because I was, like I said, the first thing was I’m finally healthy. The last thing I want is to have another bad ankle sprain.”So I just wanted to get some compression on it and tape it even stronger and that way I can at least try to finish the match.” “I was like, instantly, ‘No, this can’t happen. I’m finally healthy’.”But I’ll see tomorrow. So far I’m good. I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow (Monday).”Mouratoglou echoed Williams’ assessment of the injury, though he also indicated they will have to wait to have a full understanding of her condition.Stellar SerenaThe six-time singles champion defeats Martic in straight sets and scores her 99th career victory in Flushing [email protected] | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/9wTdfvAOJT— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2019He said: “There is the video, but what is more important is how she feels and how the ankle looks.”The ankle looks okay. She doesn’t feel much pain. It’s acceptable. And we will know tomorrow when it’s going to be cold.”Williams did not call for the trainer when she injured her ankle in the final set of her Australian Open loss to Karolina Pliskova and was quizzed on whether that influenced a more cautious approach this time around.last_img read more

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Coutinho: “Barça is history now, I hope to be at Bayern for many years”

first_img Upd. at 18:54 Coutinho: “El Barça es pasado, espero estar muchos años en el Bayern” “In Barcelona, a lot of things did not turn out as we had imagined. But this is now history. I hope to stay here for a long time and win many titles.” CEST Sergi Díaz “I’ve earned experience, won titles and learnt a lot, but now I need to focus on Bayern,” is what Coutinho said about Barça. “I didn’t have any doubts when the call from Bayern came in. But when they showed me their project I wanted to come straight away.”  IN SPORT.ES Coutinho is clearly frustrated at how things turned out in Spain and now wants to focus on the next chapter at Bayern, despite it only being a loan deal. Philippe Coutinho: I can’t wait to put the shirt on and play RELATED STORIES 19/08/2019 Olympique Marseille – Juventus: Final battle for Miranda Philippe Coutinho has been presented as a new Bayern Munich player after Barça agreed terms on an €8.5m loan deal. In his first comments, the Brazilian made it clear he doesn’t want to return to Barcelona next summer.last_img read more

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Humble Redbacks break hoodoo

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL “Oooohhh we’re from Spiderland, boom boom boom boom … ” THE Hampton Park theme-song had not been…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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