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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 […]


Inadvertent release of guarantors — more from the High Court

Earlier this year, Real Estate Matters discussed the law surrounding the unintended release of a guarantor from liability in situations where the contract he is guaranteeing is varied without his consent. Since then, the High Court has handed down a reminder that this principle is as relevant as ever. Since the 19th-century case of Holme v […]

Quest to scrap EU legislation should be carefully considered, says Eversheds

Geoffrey Mead, employment law partner at Eversheds, has commented on the revelation of a hit list of 30 EU regulations that a UK task force of business leaders believes hamper British businesses and should be scrapped. Mead said that the news ‘will no doubt be music to the ears of the current UK government, which has openly expressed concern […]


SFO’s new bribery head: Lawyers must be proactive on corporate crime and DPAs

Former Norton Rose Fulbright lawyer Ben Morgan talks exclusively to The Lawyer about his new role at the SFO. When the Bribery Act first came into force in July 2011 it was accompanied by bucket-loads of hype. Two years on, the number of prosecutions under the Act has been minimal. But the Serious Fraud Office’s […]


Lawyer Management: Collyer Bristow

Jan Dalgleish, HR director Jan Dalgleish is HR director of Collyer Bristow and has been with the firm since 2010. She has previously held HR roles at firms including Mishcon de Reya, Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells.  How has your role changed during your time with the firm? In modern law firms the HR team […]

FATCA update — October

The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act on 18 March 2010. FATCA creates a new tax information reporting and withholding regime for payments made to certain ‘foreign financial institutions’ (FFIs) and other ‘foreign’ persons. Implementation of FATCA is phased, and the […]

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