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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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In brief: New blood at Pinsents, Trowers and Mundays

Pinsent Curtis’ Birmingham office has hired tax partner Stephen Pallister from Osborne Clarke. Trowers & Hamlins has taken on leading environmental lawyer Andrew Wiseman. And Surrey firm Mundays has recruited aviation lawyer David Irving from Seddons.

Spreading the risk of CFA gamble

Mark Parkhouse says litigators taking on conditional fee work should cover their backs by asking clients to see another solicitor to thrash out the details of the CFA. Mark Parkhouse is a litigation partner at Rakisons in London. It was Lord Justice Millett who said in court only this year: “A contingency fee which entitles […]

Surgeon gains appeal ground

Surgeon Umesh Chandra Gaud, who claims he contracted tuberculosis and hepatitis B while working for Leeds Health Authority in the 1980s, has moved forward in his bid to sue the authority. The authority has sought to block his claim on the basis that limitation periods have expired. But now the Court of Appeal has granted […]

Old troubles haunt the new South Africa

In post apartheid South Africa, the man hired to kill you yesterday could be your client today. Senior advocate Eberhard Bergelsmann stood on the pavement outside the Pretoria Supreme Court buildings with a group of jubilant clients – former members of the apartheid government’s military intelligence group. Bergelsmann had just won the shadowy operatives a […]

Tennis star courts libel case

Ivan Lendl, former world tennis champion, is heading for a High Court legal showdown in London with leading gossip columnist Nigel Dempster. Lendl has launched libel proceedings against Dempster and Associated Newspapers over an article in Dempster’s Daily Mail column on 28 July, which was headed “Lendl sets off without his love”. Lendl is represented […]

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