Lawyer Monthly May 2022 Edition

Edited by Oliver Sullivan

From The Editor

Four our cover feature this month, we are delighted to welcome back worldleading legal expert Romain Gerardin-Fresse, who spoke with us last year about building operational resilience in governments and businesses. In our exclusive interview on page 12, we ask Romain about his predictions for the global economy and rule of law following the dual ‘black swan events’ of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Russia-Ukraine war is analysed in several articles aside from our main feature; Hans-Michael Wolffgang discusses the impact of the conflict on global trade on page 40, while in a special feature on page 28 Tomas Vail offers his thoughts on how business withdrawals and breach of contract claims in Russia may develop as the prospect of sovereign default becomes a reality. Lawyer Monthly web editor Rachel Makinson also explores how a war crime is legally defined, which can be found on page 24.

Also included in the May edition is a deep dive into the insurance and reinsurance sector. On page 61 you can find a pair of articles that discuss the state of this fascinating sector today and the rapid development of cyber insurance, which stands to bring great change to the increasingly digitised working world. Readers may also be interested in learning about looming changes to corporate sponsorship schemes, the impact of domestic violence on divorce proceedings, the challenges faced by general counsel and forensic accountants, and the obstacles to be taken into account when planning international construction projects in China. These and many other stories impacting law and business are featured within these pages.

We hope that you enjoy this edition.