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Expanding legal firm reduces costs and increases security with Advanced Digital Dictation

Following the merger of two legal firms using two separate systems, Advanced software provided the best-fit solution: a Cloud service with high levels of security, a modern infrastructure and lower running costs. Attwaters Jameson Hill serves private clients and commercial organisations across Essex, Hertfordshire and outer London; across four offices, with 70-plus fee earners. We […]

High Court rejects customer’s ‘unfair relationship’ claim

By James Taylor In the recent case of Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Gurcharn Samra, the High Court has rejected unfair relationship allegations made by a customer against its bank and distressed debt creditor. James Taylor, who acted in the case on behalf of the creditor, highlights key takeaways for lenders. What is an ‘unfair relationship’? Section […]

Classification of contractual terms: What businesses need to know

Gwendoline Davies, Head of Dispute Resolution at Walker Morris explains why businesses need to understand the different categories of contractual terms. In light of the recent Court of Appeal case of Ark Shipping v Silverburn Shipping [1], Gwendoline clarifies the correct approach to the classification of terms, and offers practical advice for anyone involved in contract drafting […]

Project Finance in Switzerland

By Thiemo Sturny Types of collateral What types of collateral and security interests are available? Under Swiss law, many types of collateral are available for securing a loan. Often a combination of different types of collateral is used. Collateral may include real estate, ships and aeroplanes, inventory and movable property, afteracquired property, securities such as […]

Antitrust Litigation – Portugal

Overview 1.1 Recent Developments in Antitrust Litigation Antitrust litigation in Portugal – including claims for the nullity of agreements, interim measures and damages actions – dates back to the 1980s and was the result of the enactment of Decree-Law No 422/1983 of 3 December 1983, which established the first national competition rules. Portugal’s accession to […]

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NEW YORK firm Dewey Ballantine is hiring from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to set up an international legislative reform practice. Herbert Morais, senior assistant general counsel at the IMF, and Ian Newport, chief counsel for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank, join the firm as senior policy advisers, but […]

CFAs threaten chambers’ case management skills

CHAMBERS are leaving themselves dangerously exposed because of their failure to keep accurate records of their commitment to conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). With legal aid for personal injury cases now replaced by CFAs, barristers face bankruptcy if they cannot effectively manage the expected boom in such cases, as setting appropriate fee rates relies on being […]

Straight down the line

IT SEEMS that every day the media reports the launch of a new e-venture, with comments about the death of the traditional business model. But what is e-commerce? Why should law firms get involved? And if they do, how do they ensure that such projects will be a success? What is e-commerce? E-commerce is the […]

UK games retailer

UK games retailer Gameplay.com buys Israeli games publisher Pixel Broadband for £34m. Clifford Chance (David Lewis, David Martin) and Israeli firm Herzog Fox & Neeman represented Gameplay.com. Pixel Broadband advised by Daniel Blankleder (Daniel Blankleder) and Harbottle & Lewis (Sebastian Belcher).

Orchard rocked by Altheimer attack

CHICAGO-based firm Altheimer & Gray is swooping in on niche City practice Orchard and taking the entire corporate finance team. Four partners, three of them corporate and one in property, are leaving the 10-partner firm. They are head of corporate finance Nick Davis, and his partners Jon Lovitt and Susan Breen, and property partner Nicky […]

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