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Who’s Who Legal brings together Cynthia Chung of Deacons, Arnold Perl of Glankler Brown, Francisco Salas Chaves of BDS Asesores and Rafael Giménez-Arnau of Garrigues to discuss levels and types of activity, the increasingly international nature of their work, regulatory developments, and changes to clients' needs and the legal market in their jurisdiction.

Whistleblowing In The UK — What's New And What's In The Pipeline

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Fraser Younson of Squire Patton Boggs explores recent amendments to the UK's Public Interest Disclosure Act and anticipates future developments: "Whistleblowing reached the top of the UK political agenda last summer when the cover-up of medical malpractice, gagging clauses in severance agreements and the victimisation of whistleblowers came to light in the UK’s health service."

Trial, technology and Twitter

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Lori Cohen and Eric Schnapp of Greenberg Traurig explore the impact of technological developments on the court process, including social media: "Entire jury pools have been discharged for a single Google search, and despite evidence to the contrary, one cannot successfully learn the law from Wikipedia."

Roundtable: Product Liability Defence 2014

Who’s Who Legal has brought together Greg Williams of Clayton Utz, Jorge Cesa of Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz Amaral Advogados and Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings to discuss type and volume of work, recent trends and developments, the increasing sophistication of the plaintiffs' bar, and the legal market in their jurisdiction.

The changing face of product liability around the world

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Rod Freeman, Phoebe Wilkinson, Markus Burckhardt, Christine Gateau and Eugene Chen of Hogan Lovells take an in-depth look at global developments in product liability defence: "The interplay of regulatory regimes and liability regimes cannot be ignored in a world where authorities are increasingly adopting an interventionist approach to product risks, and consumers are linked up through internet-based communications. "

Aggregate products litigation in the US: Whirlpool v Glazer and developments in class actions and MDLs in products and consumer fraud matters

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Bruce Cranner, Campbell Wallace and Ashley Wheelock of Frilot look at recent developments in products and related consumer fraud class and mass actions in the US: "Several cases decided in 2013 further signal the court’s desire to restrict the mass and class actions and make removal under the Class Action Fairness Act more plausible."

Australian product liability trends: class actions and litigation funding

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Annette Hughes and Christie Jones of Corrs Chambers Westgarth detail product liability trends in Australia, notably the rise of product liability class actions and litigation funding: "Class action proceedings are now financed primarily by way of 'no win-no fee' cost arrangements and, increasingly, by way of litigation funding which had its genesis in Australia in the early 2000s."

The Multiplicity Factor

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Cynthia Urda Kassis and Ben Shorten of Shearman & Sterling look at the trend of multi-source financing, which has emerged to bridge the liquidity gap, and examine its impact on projects: "It needs to be recognised by both sponsors and lenders that highly bespoke financing plans mean that a one-size-fits-all approach based on precedent cannot be followed; flexibility and creativity will need to be employed."

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