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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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Barristers head for City firms' more commercial environment

Two more young barristers have left chambers for a City firm – and they have claimed that many of their generation are set to follow. Rachel Newman, a former pupil at 3 Paper Buildings, and Kevin Pettican, formerly a pupil at 2 Temple Gardens, have joined the litigation department of Warner Cranston. Newman conceded that […]

Set goes after two quality standards

Francis Taylor Building has brought in training consultants to help it comply with two quality standards – Investors in People and the Bar’s own practice management standards. The general common law set, which has 34 tenants, believes it is the first set in the country to have opted to work towards joint compliance with both […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Evan Donaldson

Evan Donaldson was born in Bridge of Allan in Central Scotland on 16 March 1962. He is the legal director/company secretary at construction company Miller Group. What was your first job? Legal trainee at Brownlie, Watson & Beckett in Glasgow. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £4,500 per annum, I think. What […]

In brief: McKennas advises on Polish banks merger

McKenna & Co has advised on the merger of four Polish state banks. The merger of one of the principle banks in Poland, PEKAO, with capital of £380 million, and three others will create the largest bank in Poland. The merger was carried out as part of a parliamentary act because the banks are all […]

Chris Fogarty reports

Barnards Inn director of chambers Andrea Kennedy has left the set after three years to investigate the possibility of setting up an independent practice management consultancy for chambers. Kennedy joined Barnards Inn, which covers a wide range of work, including banking, consumer law and civil rights, shortly after it was formed in 1993. “I was […]

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