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Putting data to work

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Technology is dramatically changing the practice of law. Big data, machine learning, smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence are all making the assimilation and interpretation of large amounts of unstructured data much easier. Some doom-mongers see this as the end of the traditional practice of law. We believe, rather, that the trend will be […]

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

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Third time lucky, Secretaries' groups pull off merger

Helen Sage reports The Society of County Secretaries (SOCS) is to merge with the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) to raise the profile of the profession. The 110 county secretaries will join ACSeS on 1 November this year, completing a merger which was abandoned in 1993 and 1994 because of uncertainty over the […]

Royal firm swots up on mediation

FAMILY lawyers from the firm which acts for Princess Diana are preparing to take mediation training courses now the controversial Family Law Bill has finally been passed. Mishcon De Reya is one of several firms which approached the Solicitors Family Law Association to enquire about places on its new eight-day mediation course after the Bill […]

Law Soc treasurer in SCB rebuke

Three Law Society ex-presidents are to decide whether the society’s treasurer Mike Howells should resign after revelations that he has been “severely rebuked” by the Solicitors Complaints Bureau. The SCB found he had failed to furnish a client with adequate professional services and ordered him to pay £1,000 compensation. The issue is threatening to overshadow […]

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Berwin Leighton acted for Prudential, which sold its freehold interests in a number of units at Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, to Equitable Life Assurance Society for £18 million. Equitable was represented by Denton Hall.

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NI practice takes action to boost hourly rates

Belfast firm O’Reilly Stewart is this week campaigning to improve the hourly rate paid to Northern Ireland solicitors. Peter Smith QC will represent the firm in front of the Taxing Master, Christopher Napier, in a hearing of objections being held on Monday and Tuesday. The claim refers to fees for a senior partner from O’Reilly […]

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