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Ediscovery Buyer Guide 2019: A Framework for Selecting the Right Solution

Executive Summary The digital universe is growing at an exponential rate—expected to reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020—creating a big, expensive problem for litigators and internal investigators who aretasked with mining through increasingly massive troves of documents. Although there are many solutions for document review, conducting thorough vendor evaluations is a challenge. This paper is […]

THE IN-HOUSE LEGAL BUSINESS PARTNER

More with less Today’s in-house legal departments operate in an increasingly complex environment. It’s a juggling act to balance a range of challenging legal issues as well as greater strategical involvement with other parts of the business, with limited costs. Lack of transparency Another challenge is the potential threats that may occur unexpectedly. Since legal […]

Taylor Rose case study: managing complex cases with Laserform

Taylor Rose needed a system which could easily be adapted to meet the needs of some of their more complex cases without incurring heavy costs, and so switched to Laserform from Advanced. Charlotte Corbyn, solicitor at Taylor Rose explained: “The forms we were using just wasn’t practical for a firm like ours. One of the major […]

Principal changes in the revised AIC Code of Corporate Governance are relevant for boards of directors of Guernsey and Jersey companies

By Oliver Quarmby, Alexandra O’Grady The AIC Code is a framework of best practice in respect of the governance of investment companies published by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). Founded in 1932, the AIC represents a broad range of closed-ended investment companies, incorporating investment trusts, offshore investment companies, real estate investment trusts and venture […]

Right of first refusal clauses are now recognised by Bulgarian courts

By Diana Dimova, Nina Tsifudina The Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation (“Supreme Court”) has recently issued a decision (No.19, dated 8 August 2019, under commercial case No. 2511/2017) that recognises for the first time the concept of right of first refusal (“ROFR”) clauses. This decision opens the door for the enforcement of such clauses in Bulgaria. It […]

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