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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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Alison Laferla tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Michael Tappin 8 New Square Called to the Bar: 19 Professional achievements/associations: Chancery Bar Association, Intellectual Property Bar Association, The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation. Areas of practice: All aspects of intellectual property, with a […]

Barrister to query role of Chancellor

A barrister is to mount a legal challenge against the Lord Chancellor’s control of judiciary members, such as magistrates and recorders, when the Human Rights Act is introduced in England and Wales. Neil Addison announced his plan after a challenge by Livingston law firm, Keegan Smith, on the validity of Scotland’s 130 temporary sheriffs, failed […]

Leigh Day hits back after South African action fails

Leigh Day & Co is hitting back at judicial criticism of its handling of a multi-party civil action brought by South African miners. In his judgment High Court Judge Buckley is highly critical of Leigh Day partner Richard Meeran for not telling “the full story” about the number of potential claimants. More than 3,000 miners […]

US firms feel the urge to merge

There is a new wave of US firms which are looking across the water for merger partners. Chris Dignan reveals those most eligible for marriage. Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance are well on the way to merging, while Thelen Reid & Priest has publicly declared its intention to do so (The Lawyer, 2 August). […]

Case of the week

Judge Valerie Pearlman presided over a u6 million international fraud trial from her hospital bed in Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Despite suffering from a badly broken leg, Judge Pearlman insisted on continuing with the case to avoid the expense of a retrial, estimated to be about u2.5m. The entire hearing moved to the main hall […]

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