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Litigants in Person – Questions should clarify, not lead

By Rachel Elgar The recent case of Global Corporate Ltd v Hale [1] has yet again demonstrated some of the difficulties that can be encountered by the courts and represented parties when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs). We have written previously in some detail about the rising number of LiPs and the fact that case law confirms […]

Licensing news England and Wales: December 2018

By Piers Warne This month in summary Government begins consultation on licensing Airside alcohol Top Licensing Tip: keeping festivities fun Pubs are failing to properly monitor gambling machines, Gambling Commission reports Gambling Commission publishes new report on children and gambling trends

Clean energy investment: An introduction to private equity

By Nick Rains In our previous article we provided an overview of the clean energy sector for those investors who wanted to learn more about the potential investment opportunities. In this edition of the Clean Energy Investment series we turn our attention to private equity, and the opportunities this provides to developers of renewable energy projects.

EU Commission clarifies categories of food supplement additives

By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

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In brief: Rowe & Maw recruits Garretts EC law head

Rowe & Maw has hired Garretts head of EC law, Philip Ruttley, as a partner. A specialist in the dispute resolution system of the World Trade Organisation, Ruttley was previously UN legal adviser on development aid and an EC adviser at HM Treasury Solicitor’s Department.

Simmons dismisses hacker threat to launch intranet first

Simmons & Simmons is set to become the first firm in the UK to link all of its IT systems and confidential information to an intranet. Simmons has emulated the BBC and NatWest Global Markets by buying the US Web-based IT system Open Text Livelink for a “significant six-figure” investment. By next summer, every document […]

In brief: Fast track pre-trial costs regime faces delay

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine confirmed last week that plans to introduce a pre-trial costs regime in fast-track cases – covering actions worth up to #15,000 – will be postponed pending further investigation into the causes of high-cost litigation. But he did confirm that fixed costs for fast track trials would begin in April 1999.

OFT poised to fine UK firms ignorant of EU competition rules

British business has little or no understanding of the radical changes that will affect it if the UK adopts EU-inspired competition laws, says a Cameron McKenna survey of top companies. The survey of 100 leading companies found 57 per cent had taken no action to prepare for impending changes to the competition regime. The legislation […]

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