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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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Many people in their 50s are just getting round to thinking about retirement. But Last Cawthra Feather trainee Steve Willey has other ideas. Willey, who bagged a training contract with the Yorkshire-based firm aged 56, is looking forward to qualifying as a solicitor specialising in employment law in March 2011. Before securing his training contract […]

Mishcon shifts family into private client

Mishcon de Reya is to revamp its private client practice to bring its flagship family practice into the fold. Managing partner Kevin Gold said the new practice area would bring contentious trust lawyers together with those in probate, residential conveyancing and immigration. “Ultimately family law will also be in the private client practice,” he told The […]

Litigation funding: Fund fair

Litigation funding is a complex market, but it’s up to solicitors to ensure they’re able to keep clients fully informed of what’s available. A solicitor’s duty to appraise clients of the litigation funding options available to them is clearly set out in Rule 2 (2.02 and 2.03) of the Solicitors Code of Conduct. However, there […]

Hammonds refocuses on financials, global liaisons

Hammonds’ London office has created the role of finance director in a bid to encourage better cash collection by partners, while also naming five international office liaison partners to improve communication and referrals throughout the network. Employment partner Caroline Noblet has been appointed to the finance director role by London head Robert Weekes. Weekes said: […]

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Councils emulate private practice models in modernisation drive

Local authority lawyers are embracing private practice methods as the sector faces increasing pressure to modernise But change is proving difficult to put into practice, according to speakers at The Lawyer Local Government Legal Services Reform Conference in Westminster on Wednesday 17 June. A range of different approaches to reform were represented at the event, […]

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