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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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QBD jury cases pending

Pending jury trials in the Queen’s Bench Division include: Flavin v Gould; Brown v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis; Christie v News Group Newspapers; Executive Telecommunications v British Telecommunications; Ludford v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. All cases are marked to be heard not before the new legal term on 16 April.

In brief: Roberts joins ethnic minority committee

Judge John H Roberts has been appointed a member of the ethnic minorities advisory committee of the Judicial Studies Board by the Lord Chancellor. Judge Roberts, a Northern Circuit judge since 1993, succeeds Judge Nicholas Medawar. The board approves judicial study programmes and the committee is one of five that carry out its work.

Kathryn Birchwood finds an anomaly in security for costs.

Kathryn Birchwood is an assistant solicitor in the litigation department at Travers Smith Braithwaite. In Condliffe v Hislop (1996), the Court of Appeal had to consider whether an order for security for costs should be made against a bankrupt individual plaintiff on the grounds that the action was being maintained by his mother. The court […]

President pulls plug on group

THE PRESIDENTIAL working party dedicated to stemming the flow of trainee solicitors has been disbanded due to “internal divisions”. Martin Mears, the president of the Law Society, has written to group members saying it could do no further useful work. “It is clear from the communications I have received from some members of the working […]

Bank opens lawyers' eyes to new VCT funds

Small businesses will be able to draw on funds from eight new venture capital trusts launched in the last fortnight. Merchant bank Guinness Mahon, which has raised £9 million for one of the new trusts, said lawyers advising smaller companies should be aware about “this important new source of venture capital”. Venture capital trusts were […]

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