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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 […]


Webinar: Global outlook: the world we operate in

This free to watch webinar was part of the General Counsel Strategy Summit in association with United Lex that took place between 30 September – 2nd October. Complete the form below to access the 30-minute recording of this discussion. This webinar gives attendees an update on the global economy, where it is at and where it is going, with a focus on some of the long-term implication of the current crisis. “The end of the rise in populism” This key-note speech expertly delivered by economist and financial sector expert Sony Kapoor covers some of the key-trends impacting the world we operate in. While COVID-19, BREXIT and Donald Trump are rightly mentioned, Sony ends his session on a positive note, emphasizing some of the encouraging changes we are seeing as a result of COVID-19. Examples include how the crisis has turbo-charged discussions around inequality and key-workers, how COVID-19 has forced us to take a look at the legitimacy of our business models in the context of wider society, how it has accelerated the tech revolution, the diversification of supply chains – but most importantly, how it spells the end to the rise of populism.

The 60 second interview: Positioning yourself as a business that meets the changing needs of society

By Julia Hayhoe The Lawyer’s Business Leadership Series explores, among other themes, how the dramatic acceleration of macro trends has placed Purpose, Sustainability and ESG issues top of the corporate board, general counsel and increasingly legal provider agenda. We have created a series of GC interviews, to inform this event series and the webinar I […]

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Freeths ends redundancy consultation cutting 19 lawyers and 11 other roles

Freeths has completed a redundancy consultation, with the firm letting 30 people go. The firm entered the consultation in July, stating that 80 roles were at risk. It has now decided to make 30 roles redundant, including 19 lawyers. A further 11 members of staff will lose their jobs across the firm’s 13 offices. A […]

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