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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 […]


Portugal: Call of port

As Portugal’s economy flourishes, the country’s legal market is seeing an influx of foreign firms. But any newcomers will have some way to go to topple the current big-hitters

Tough times for IP lawyers

As we report today, IP boutique Bristows has decided to postpone its entire promotion process following the resignations of five patent litigation partners late last year. It seems on the face of it a pretty drastic response: Bristows’ IP franchise is not going to be capsized by a team departure, even if it does represent […]

Background knowledge is vital for Saudi success

Saudi Arabia is developing at an astonishing rate. In a country with an unusually young population (60 per cent are under the age of 21) there is a pressing need for the increased production of electricity, drinking water, industrial processing facilities, new roads and railways, wider telecommunication coverage and new housing and schools. Thanks to […]

Taylor Wessing poaches Osborne boss

Taylor Wessing has hired the founder of Osborne Clarke‘s insolvency department Patrick Cook as the new head of its reconstruction and corporate recovery (RCR) group in London. Cook will join Taylor Wessing in June and take over the running of the RCR group from Alison Goldthorp and Nick Moser. A highly rated insolvency and restructuring […]

Linklaters gears up for Italy push

Linklaters is set to move to larger offices in Milan – a sign that the firm is about to embark on an aggressive expansion strategy in Italy. The magic circle firm signed a lease with property developer Tishman Speyer to rent a 2,600sq m space in the five-storey building on via Santa Margherita. It is […]

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