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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 […]


10 November 2014

Top 10 stories: 7-13 November 2014

In a week when it seemed everyone was doing a panel review, our most popular story proved to be the news that Santander general counsel Karen Fortunato had quit the bank just as it finalised its new panel. The story topped a varied top 10 list. In second place the analysis of the impact of […]

BLP and Olswang arbitrators join rush to the bar

The revolving door between law firms and the bar is turning again with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s arbitration head Nic Fletcher QC heading for a new role at 4 New Square and Olswang’s arbitration chief Andrew Aglionby also leaving for a career at the bar. Fletcher will take up a post as an independent arbitrator […]


European moves: 13 November 2014

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has promoted two lawyers to its partnership. Reinier Kleipool is a corporate specialist, while Jeroen van der Schrieck focuses mainly on litigation. The promotions bring the number of partners at the firm to 63. Central & […]

Robert Kay

Has Excalibur put the sword to third-party funding?

Last month’s Excalibur ruling could have far-reaching implications for the third-party funding market. Excalibur was the legendary sword of King Arthur, sometimes attributed with magical powers or associated with the rightful sovereignty of Great Britain. Excalibur was also the first name of a Delaware Corporation that began an action in 2010 against Texas Keystone and […]

Shoosmiths advises Haversham Holdings on AIM float

Shoosmiths has advised new company Haversham Holdings on their decision to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Haversham Holdings is a new group formed by Avril Palmer-Baunack, former executive chairman of Stobart group and former chief executive of Autologic, along with the support of Marwyn, the specialist investment management company. Palmer-Baunack will drive the business […]

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