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Amendments to the constitutional documents for offshore companies listed in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently made various amendments to its listing rules, which came into effect on 1 January 2022. These include its recently published consultation conclusions in respect of the Listing Regime for Overseas Issuers and the Review of the Corporate Governance Code and related listing rules, and the Housekeeping Rule Amendments.

2022 Predictions: Technology sector outlook

After the growth and successes of the tech industry in 2021, James Klein, head of the technology sector at Shoosmiths, shares his thoughts on emerging trends and a few areas where we may see developments in 2022.

What is eDiscovery software?

The discovery process in litigation requires that parties must exchange documents deemed relevant to the case. As most documentation is now created, stored and exchanged in digital form, this element of discovery has become known as electronic discovery – or eDiscovery – and has become an accepted part of legal systems worldwide.

Are non-fungible tokens property capable of being held on trust?

A recent High Court decision raised some interesting questions surrounding the property status of cryptocurrencies and whether they can be held on trust. We consider how certain comments in the judgment may have implications for the property status of NFTs.


Norton Rose pledges time to Free Representation Unit

Norton Rose‘s employment department is blazing a trail for employment representation charity the Free Representation Unit (FRU). The eight-strong Norton Rose team, which includes partners Paul Griffin and Pete Talibart, has agreed to a formal partnership with the FRU that will see each lawyer taking on a case apiece for the unit this year. The […]

UBS embarks on global shake-up of law firms

UBS Investment Bank is in the throes of a full-scale review of its global panel in a bid to rationalise the firms it uses in the US, Europe and Asia. It is understood that the review was launched late in 2004 by UBS’s new general counsel David Aufhauser, who joined the investment bank last October. […]

Rödl legal arm posts 16 per cent revenue hike

German multidisciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has reported a sharp increase in the turnover of its legal services arm. Global turnover generated from legal and tax consulting jumped by 16 per cent to Euro 50m in 2004. Meanwhile, global firmwide turnover increased by three per cent to Euro 151m for the same period. “In the […]

Ex-EY Law chief launches Paris consultancy

Former EY Law global head Patrick Bignon is setting up a legal management consultancy. Bignon is launching Law Management Consulting, which will be based in Paris, in response to a need for independent legal experts in Europe. Bignon said that law firms and in-house legal departments in France are facing new challenges as a result […]

Russell-Cooke to merge with PI boutique

Personal injury boutique Evill & Coleman is to merge with London solicitors Russell-Cooke. The two firms will merge on 1 March, forming a 30-strong personal injury department based in Putney, in addition to Russell-Cooke’s Bedford Row and Kingston-upon-Thames offices. Evill & Coleman’s expertise ranges from clinical negligence cases to personal injury work, including sporting injuries. […]

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