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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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In the case Camelot Group v William Hill London and ors (18 August 1997), the Deputy Chief Magistrate at Bow Street decided that the predominant features of the 49’s game of chance promoted by bookmakers were those of betting and not of a lottery. However, his attempt to distinguish between the overlapping categories of betting, […]

Andrew Clay on making taking trade secrets a criminal offence. Andrew Clay is a partner at Hammond Suddards in Leeds.

The Law Commission’s recently published proposals to make the taking of trade secrets a criminal offence deserves a warm welcome. At present, taking trade secrets is not a criminal offence because mere information, however sensitive, can not constitute property for the purposes of s.1(1) of the Theft Act 1968. This frequently leads to the ludicrous […]

Policing cyberspace

Can the rules and regulations of the ‘real’ world be applied to activity on the Internet? Dr Satvinder Juss confronts the challenges of pornography on the Web. Nineteenth century American essayist Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Ann Marsh

Ann Marsh was born in Sussex on 22 January 1965. She is a solicitor at Manches & Co. What was your first job? Making potentiometers in an electronic components factory. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £12,500pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Become Director of Education […]

In brief: Diana memorial fund lawyer joins Garretts

Mishcon de Reya assistant Bernadette O’Reilly, who helped draw up the deed to establish the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, is leaving to join Garretts where she will work under private client partner Judith Powell. Mishcons said it still had partner Chris Allen and four assistants to do the fund work. Trust partner Martyn […]

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