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Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

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Human rights/prisons. A job to die for

Human rights defenders are fighting on the frontline to realise the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights ideal that all people should be free from “fear and want”. They can be lawyers, journalists, peasant leaders, trade unionists, students, relatives of victims or anyone who denounces and investigates persecution and oppression. They take action […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 17/10/95

Taxation on damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names Deeny v Gooda Walker (1995). CA (Simon Brown LJ, Peter Gibson LJ and Saville LJ) 5/10/95. Summary: Whether damages awarded to Lloyd’s Names for losses to underwriting business are subject to income tax. Appeal by defendant managing agents against ruling that the £300 million damages awarded to Lloyd’s […]

Time for brickbats and a few bouquets

The recent Which? survey on solicitors, for all its failings, has some valid points. The question of costs is one which the profession still has to come to grips with although there has been much improvement on this score since the Law Society introduced its guidelines. However, there is much room for manoeuvre and firms […]

Dublin firm capitalises on ceasefire

A TOP firm of Dublin solicitors is opening a Northern Ireland office in one of two moves announced last week to capitalise on the fertile post-ceasefire legal market. Arthur Cox will open an outlet in Belfast on New Year’s Day. Two partners and an associate will be based in Belfast. The launch – believed to […]

Human rights/prisons. Should we sentence our judges to prison?

Should prison visiting play any part in the training of a judge? How many of the judges pictured outside Westminster Abbey at the start of this legal year have ever been inside a jail? Should they be more aware of what goes on day after day behind the prison’s walls? I have just spent two […]

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