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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 […]


David Beech

Knights hires six town planners into real estate team

Private equity-backed Knights Solicitors has appointed a team of six town planners to the firm’s real estate team. The team join from Staffordshire-based planning firm, John Rose Associates, and is led by Carl Copestake. Managing partner of Knights David Beech said: “The new planning team means we now offer a full range of services across […]

Shale gas: do we need evolution or a revolution?

If the government believes that the environmental impacts of extracting shale gas can be managed, now is the time to step up its efforts to ensure shale can make a real difference to the UK’s energy mix. It is difficult to remember a time when political tensions over economic growth and environmental protection were in […]

New uncertainties have delayed the M&A market recovery according to Allen & Overy

The UK remained the most attractive market for buyers after the US according to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index. Foreign buyers made 36 acquisitions in the UK worth $35bn in the first half of this year (compared with 43 acquisitions worth $41bn in the same period last year), according to the law firm’s Index. […]

Will Lawes

Freshfields’ revenue and PEP bounce up by more than 7 per cent

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer saw its revenue grow by 7.2 per cent to £1.221bn in 2012/13 alongside increases in its average profit per equity partner (PEP) and net profit. Turnover bounced up from £1.139bn in 2011/12 to £1.221bn this year. This is the first substantial rise in revenue for the firm since 2008/09 when it jumped […]


Commercial nous as important as legal skills for in-house lawyers, research suggests

The role of in-house lawyers is expanding beyond its traditional focus on legal work to include an increased focus on business issues, new research has revealed. The research, produced by legal resourcing consultancy FreshMinds Legal in partnership with the Global Leaders in Law forum, surveyed UK heads of legal and general counsel at FTSE350 and […]

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