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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 […]


Abbey roadblock

Despite Slaughters’ concern that Lloyds TSB’s bid for Abbey National would be blocked by the Competition Commission, Clifford Chance encouraged its client to push ahead. Helen Power reports on the bank’s unexpected result Before last November, Lloyds TSB bank had been eyeing Abbey National for a few years without making any concerted effort to capture […]


Clifford Chance is advising US energy provider Dynegy in its £421m acquisition of BG Storage. This is the first time Clifford Chance has advised Dynegy on a major UK deal. The relationship stems back a couple of years in Europe, with the firm advising on major deals in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Germany. The […]

Brobeck fights US corporate slump with unpaid leave

Voluntary breaks and part-time hours will save £1.4m; London office to follow suit San Francisco giant Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is offering all of its lawyers the chance to take unpaid leave, as it struggles with a lack of corporate work.The firm has told lawyers that they can either take sabbaticals of up to three […]

Namimg and shaming

Tulkinghorn would like to thank those responsible for the deluge of entries for the ‘Name the Eversheds Café’ competition. Never has a competition without a prize had such a response.One response is from Angela Woodruff, who writes from her hotmail account, presumably to help mask her identity (although Tulkinghorn’s sources tell him that she may […]

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