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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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All work and no fair play

The Fairness at Work proposals highlight much-needed changes to working life. Mattheu Swallow asks: Just how effective will they be? With a swathe of new, pending and proposed legislation on its way, employment law is changing rapidly. Before you have even had a chance to work out whether taking your client to Saturday’s football match […]

In brief: Criminal lawyers blast LAB over broken promise

Criminal law solicitors taking part in the Legal Aid Board (LAB) pilot to test the block contracting of criminal Green Form advice have accused the board of breaking a key promise to give bi-monthly progress reports. The LAB made the promise to participating firms before the pilot started. But the LAB has not yet issued […]

In brief: Barnet County Court appoints circuit judge

John Adams, former Registrar of Civil Appeals, has been appointed circuit judge at Barnet County Court. Adams has played a key role in shaping the Court of Civil Appeal since the creation of the Civil Appeals Office in 1982. Prior to that, the day-to-day administration of the Civil Appeal courts was carried out through the […]

Law Society draws up charter for home buyers

The Law Society unveiled plans to speed up the homebuying process and reduce the risk of gazumping at its conference last week. TransAction 2000 – an extension of the society’s 1990 TransAction initiative – proposes that sellers must draw up draft contracts, carry out a local authority search and provide basic legal information before a […]

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