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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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Salaries spiral as club breaks up

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Duty to duty solicitors

I thoroughly agree with Anthony Edwards concerning the urgent necessity for opening up duty solicitor schemes, and opening up the opportunity for any qualified person to take part in them. The present system may fall foul of European anti-competition law. I have been in correspondence with Brian Shieldhouse (at one time a British Legal Association […]

In brief: Conference discusses future of profession

The future of law in the areas of damages, procedure, costs and funding, and occupational health, are tabled for debate at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers conference on 8 May at London’s Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London, which is expected to be attended by more than 200 people.

In brief: McKinnells merges with Gateley Wareing

Birmingham firm Gateley Wareing has taken over McKinnell, Ervin & Mitchell, a two-partner practice in Leicester. Craig Mitchell, former senior partner of McKinnells, pictured above centre with senior partner Brendan McGeever (left) and partner Craig Ferguson (right), said: “This is an exciting opportunity. Both firms are dedicated to the Owner Managed Business sector and our […]

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