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Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

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Chapmans tops women's league

Sports and litigation firm James Chapman & Co is billing itself as the leading practice for women in Manchester. The firm currently has 13 female partners – more than 50 per cent of the total and one of its joint managing partners is a woman. According to a survey of Manchester firms, Berrymans Lace Mawer […]

This man used to do lunch with lawyers, now he makes it

Some lawyers drop out because they have to. A Scottish husband and wife team, Gordon and Maria Thompson, took up coffee selling and hypnotism respectively after they were struck off in 1995 for making £30,000 worth of legal aid claims which they could not justify. But experts claim an increasing number of lawyers are dropping […]

In brief: Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers has poached the up and coming judicial review and human rights barrister Tim Ward from 39 Essex Street. Senior junior Thomas Graham is also moving from Lamb Chambers to 1 New Square. And 14 Gray’s Inn Square is losing its senior clerk Stephen Lavell to 2 Paper Buildings. The set has not yet […]

Lord Irvine climbs down on Law Society trade union fees

The Lord Chancellor has climbed down on his threat to abolish the Law Society’s trade union function in the Access to Justice Bill. Rather than accepting a back-bench amendment restricting the Society’s use of practising fees to regulatory and training functions, Lord Irvine plans to give himself an enabling power in the Bill, allowing him […]

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