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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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Gateley holds on to millions by deferring tax payments

Gateley is the latest firm to confirm its use of the UK Government’s tax deferral scheme, preserving millions by pushing back both VAT and employment payments due to Covid-19. As just one of a raft of measures put in place by the listed outfit, Gateley’s deferral of employment taxes and VAT amounted to £4.8m prior […]

Cooley irons out time frame for delayed City HQ move

Cooley is looking to start populating its new office in TwentyTwo Bishopsgate in the second quarter of 2021, the latest step in an effort to carry out the firm’s long-planned move. It is understood that the firm is looking to organise a phased move well after the beginning of the year, with a time frame […]

Outer Temple appoint first female head of chambers

Outer Temple has voted in a new head of chambers, following the retirement of Christopher Gibson QC earlier this year. Gibson will be replaced by Sarah Crowther QC – who is the set’s first female head of chambers. She has also been appointed as Outer Temple’s head of health. Crowther was called to the Bar […]

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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