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Water (power) march! An overview of the new funding system for hydropower

By Felix Schneider, Philipp Strondl On September 16, 2020, the eagerly awaited draft of the federal law on the expansion of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Expansion Law –  EAG ) was submitted for assessment. Comments on this can only be submitted until October 28, 2020. The draft brings significant changes to the funding system for hydropower plants and is intended […]

Personal injury compensation claims – How to obtain an award appropriate to the financial implications of the injury

By Piero Mastrosimone Nobody can possibly tell when they may have the misfortune to have a serious or life-changing accident. Rarely does anyone plan their response to such an event. It goes without saying that any severe accident is devastating but an accident abroad can be overwhelming. The Association of British Insurers (ABI)  report 3,000 British […]

The ediscovery process from start to finish

Discovery, an all-too-familiar term for most legal professionals, is the litigation phase during which the parties dispute and exchange information and evidence relevant to the lawsuit. So that being said, what exactly is ediscovery? Electronic discovery, commonly known as ediscovery, is exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery process. Discoverable ESI typically includes relevant […]

State of calamity and state of emergency

The state of emergency started in Portugal at 00.00 a.m. of 19 March, enacted through Decree of the President of the Republic no. 14-A/2020, of 18 March. Having been renewed twice through Decree no. 17-A/2020, of 2 April, and Decree no. 20-A/2020, of 17 April, the state of emergency was extended until 11:59 p.m. of […]

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Fieldfisher’s top of equity package of £4.3m has fallen by up to 25 per cent, The Lawyer understands, as part of measures taken to tame the effects of the pandemic. The firm is understood to have cut the salary of its highest-paid partners by a quarter, resulting in a decrease from £4.3m to a figure […]

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Hogan Lovells secures victory for Uber as court grants new London licence

The High Court has ruled that Uber can continue with its London operations, almost a year after Transport for London rejected its licence application. TfL had banned Uber in London last year after identifying a pattern of failures linked to passenger safety. The ride-hailing app instructed Hogan Lovells’ Charles Brasted in its appeal. Westminister Magistrates’ […]

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The Lawyer Awards shortlist: GC of the Year

The award for GC of the Year, sponsored in 2020 by FTI Consulting, always throws up a fascinating list of in-house talent and 2020 is no exception. The nominees this year span the worlds of finance, travel, education, health, energy and more. Natasha Lewis was University College London‘s first in-house lawyer. Now its director of legal […]

Stephenson Harwood changes tack on two-day-a-week office return

Stephenson Harwood is holding back on its plan to encourage staff to spend at least two days a week in the office following the latest change in the UK Government’s Covid-19 guidance. It was just last month that the firm set a date of early September for its “proper” return to its City office, as […]

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