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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 […]


Asia Singapore

MoJ oversight costs London dear

No arbitration centre in the Rolls Building: Singapore picks up work Did the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) miss a trick when it failed to install an arbitration centre in London’s £60m Rolls Building? Many at the bar are concerned that by not doing so the MoJ has gifted foreign centres a competitive advantage. Competition for […]


IP protocol puts India on the map

India’s adoption of the international protocol for trade marks will reassure the country’s potential investors India acceded to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Trademarks on 8 April 2013 and it came into force on 8 July. It is widely seen as a marker of economies that have arrived.  For businesses, particularly firms […]

Cat Griffiths index

Myth of the client calculated decision

Writing about brands is like wrestling an oiled octopus; it seems to require a grounding simultaneously in psychology, economics, art and textual analysis. Professional services brands are even more difficult to parse; how does a client differentiate between one set of people in suits and another? Is it about intellectual reputation or service delivery, or […]

Personal Property Securities: Update (Personal Properties Securities Act 2009)

This update highlights recent and upcoming developments relating to the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). We also examine some of the key issues dealt with by recent case law relating to the PPSA including the common questions and circumstances which are arising from a lack of familiarity with the PPSA or as a […]


Olswang, Reed Smith and Simmons among candidates for YouView panel

Internet TV service YouView is set to launch its first formal panel of external lawyers by the autumn, under a year after hiring a new legal chief from Virgin Media. Toni Vitale, who joined the business in January as head of legal and company secretary, has sent out papers in recent weeks ahead of a […]

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