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By Rachel Elgar The recent case of Global Corporate Ltd v Hale [1] has yet again demonstrated some of the difficulties that can be encountered by the courts and represented parties when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs). We have written previously in some detail about the rising number of LiPs and the fact that case law confirms […]

Licensing news England and Wales: December 2018

By Piers Warne This month in summary Government begins consultation on licensing Airside alcohol Top Licensing Tip: keeping festivities fun Pubs are failing to properly monitor gambling machines, Gambling Commission reports Gambling Commission publishes new report on children and gambling trends

Clean energy investment: An introduction to private equity

By Nick Rains In our previous article we provided an overview of the clean energy sector for those investors who wanted to learn more about the potential investment opportunities. In this edition of the Clean Energy Investment series we turn our attention to private equity, and the opportunities this provides to developers of renewable energy projects.

EU Commission clarifies categories of food supplement additives

By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

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The Honourable Michael Kanne is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The design of a courtroom must provide an environment which enables the proper discharge of the judge’s responsibility. This can be simply defined as insuring the fair administration of equal justice. The basic design principle is that […]

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Douwe Korff is a Dutch human rights lawyer. He acted as counsel for the plaintiffs on the Gibraltar judgment. The need to amend domestic law or practice following an adverse judgment flows from the general international obligation on states to abide by their treaty obligations. Michael Heseltine’s denunciation of the European Court’s judgment on the […]

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A firm will not succeed in setting up a financial services operation unless it has full support from every partner and fee earner in the practice. Southport firm Carter Hodge’s senior partner Stephen Holmes said that all partners needed to be committed to setting up of a financial services department. If not the chances were […]

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