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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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Lords to decide dyslexia diagnosis case

Roger Pearson reports on the latest move in a long-running dispute over responsibility for diagnosis of learning difficulties. A 24-year-old dyslexic woman who is suing her former schools over their failure to diagnose her condition is to take her fight on to the House of Lords. Pamela Phelps of Hayes End, West London, was awarded […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Keate Jones

Kate Jones was born in Hitchin in 1970. She is a solicitor with Charles Lucas & Marshall. What subject(s) did you fail at school? None. What was your first job? Working in a garden centre at weekends. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u11,000 a year. What would you have done if […]

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Simon Corke, property services partner at DJ Freeman, advised the Crown Estate on a contract under which King’s College, London will take a 125-year lease on the Grade II listed Rolls Estate, Chancery Lane. Property partner Gerald Bland of Herbert Smith represented King’s College.

Law Soc gets tough on minimum wage

The Law Society is drastically reducing the amount of waivers it grants to firms which pay their trainees below the profession’s minimum wage. Currently, 30 per cent of trainees are paid at or below the minimum wage – u10,850 outside the City and West London, or u12,150 in the City and West London. Many firms, […]

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