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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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Stephenson Harwood develops pricing tool to help clients predict fees

Stephenson Harwood is the latest City firm to introduce its own in-house pricing tool based on internal data, joining Herbert Smith Freehills in calculating the estimated cost of legal work for clients. By using historic records, Stephenson Harwood is set to provide clients with data-informed estimates prior to them embarking on costly legal work. This […]

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The Lawyer Awards shortlist: Corporate Team of the Year

The award for Corporate Team of the Year, sponsored by Howden, features a diverse selection of deals. The shortlist includes public and private acquisitions, transatlantic deals, attempted hostile takeovers and restructurings, and involves clients across a range of industries. In a high-profile boardroom tussle, Clifford Chance advised Provident Financial on its successful 14-week defence against […]

The cultural crisis in law

As a former lawyer and HR professional in the legal sector, who now works as a mental health advocate and coach, helping both lawyers and law firms to create positive work environments and sustainable work practices that lead to peak performance, I am intimately acquainted with the challenges that remain in creating a mentally healthy […]

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