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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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OR Court to pick own experts

OFFICIAL Referee (OR) Court lawyers could lose the right to call their own expert witnesses if proposals by OR judges to have their own court-appointed experts are accepted by the Government. The OR judges, who hear high-value technical cases in construction, engineering and environmental law, anticipate disagreement among lawyers over their proposals but argue that […]

New front opens in pensions war

Legal warfare over compensation for up to one million people who were mis-sold personal pensions is hotting up this week, with a series of actions and a High Court challenge by the pensions industry to overturn guidance from the Securities and Investments Board (SIB). The pensions industry’s attempt to judicially review SIB guidance could delay […]

Penningtons lends a hand to the NBA

CITY firm Penningtons has helped to ensure that the Net Book Agreement (NBA) will survive in Europe. The European Court of Justice last week reversed the European Commission decision in 1988 which prevented UK publishers from setting minimum prices for UK books that were sold in other European Union states. The Booksellers Association, which was […]

Robert Moss on the practical problems of EU trade agreements

The GATT agreement and the lifting of trade restraints in the European Union is a major opportunity for UK companies to expand their export markets. However it has long been recognised that it is one thing to be able to sell goods abroad, it is another to be able to recover the price of those […]

Taking on the big boys

Sarah Angell took the plunge to become a sole practitioner and hasn’t looked back The future of sole practice is bleak, or so I was told when contemplating setting up practice four years ago. “You are brave,” people kept saying. However, this negative attitude made me more determined to achieve my goals. The classic comment […]

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