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Water (power) march! An overview of the new funding system for hydropower

By Felix Schneider, Philipp Strondl On September 16, 2020, the eagerly awaited draft of the federal law on the expansion of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Expansion Law –  EAG ) was submitted for assessment. Comments on this can only be submitted until October 28, 2020. The draft brings significant changes to the funding system for hydropower plants and is intended […]

Personal injury compensation claims – How to obtain an award appropriate to the financial implications of the injury

By Piero Mastrosimone Nobody can possibly tell when they may have the misfortune to have a serious or life-changing accident. Rarely does anyone plan their response to such an event. It goes without saying that any severe accident is devastating but an accident abroad can be overwhelming. The Association of British Insurers (ABI)  report 3,000 British […]

The ediscovery process from start to finish

Discovery, an all-too-familiar term for most legal professionals, is the litigation phase during which the parties dispute and exchange information and evidence relevant to the lawsuit. So that being said, what exactly is ediscovery? Electronic discovery, commonly known as ediscovery, is exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery process. Discoverable ESI typically includes relevant […]

State of calamity and state of emergency

The state of emergency started in Portugal at 00.00 a.m. of 19 March, enacted through Decree of the President of the Republic no. 14-A/2020, of 18 March. Having been renewed twice through Decree no. 17-A/2020, of 2 April, and Decree no. 20-A/2020, of 17 April, the state of emergency was extended until 11:59 p.m. of […]


Simmons enlisted in push for pan-Ireland electricity market

Simmons & Simmons has landed an instruction as lead adviser on a groundbreaking project to create a pan-Ireland electricity market. Simmons beat off several rivals to become the go-to firm for Northern Ireland’s Department for Enterprise, Trade and Industry (DETI) in its efforts to create a single wholesale electricity market between Northern Ireland and the […]

DCA drive pays off with diverse judiciary

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) diversity drive is paying off with black and ethnic minority appointments to the judiciary shooting up 60 per cent last year. The DCA diversity report reveals black and minority ethnic appointments rose from 30 new judges in 2005 to 48 last year. The number of women appointed to the […]

The Work-Life Quiz: Michael Polkinghorne

Name: Michael Polkinghorne Firm: White & Case Title: Partner Lives: Paris Education: LLB Hons, University of Adelaide; LLM Cantab Work history: 1984-85: Trainee, Finlaysons, Adelaide, South Australia 1986-88: Assistant, Norton Rose, London 1998-94: Associate, Coudert Brothers, Paris 1995-96: Coudert Brothers, Vietnam 1997: Promoted to partnership 1998-2000: Coudert Brothers, Thailand 2000-04: Coudert Brothers, Paris 2004-present: Partner, […]

India dusts off welcome mat

It was all smiles at Admiralty House last week, where the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Law Society were playing host to the All India Bar Association (AIBA) and a crowd of the legal great and good from the UK. Perhaps there was a tad too many meat-based canapes for the numerous vegetarian […]

Indian market moves closer to liberalisation

The influential All India Bar Association (AIBA) is set to recommend that the Indian government opens up its legal services market to foreign lawyers as India’s largest firm Fox Mandal Little revealed plans to launch in London. The firm’s announcement coincides with the end of a week-long visit by the AIBA to the UK, a […]

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