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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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An appeal heading for the Lords involves a battle over the tax status of money paid in order to release land from restrictive covenants so that it can be sold. Leave has been given for Pounds Shipowners and Shipbreakers to challenge the Inland Revenue’s stance over the sale of land at Portsmouth. The land was […]

It's been a good week for…

Cigarette companies. After repeated batterings in the courts, the tobacco giants were given a breath of fresh air when the US Supreme Court appeared sceptical of government claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the power to regulate their products. The FDA is trying to ban cigarette sponsorship of sport and limit vending […]

Family claim for High Court

Judgment is now pending in a bizarre legal battle at London’s High Court in which a firm of genealogists are fighting for the proceeds of sale of a school near Canterbury, Kent. The school was sold for £50,000 by Canterbury Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) in 1992. However, the site was originally conveyed to the […]

A suitable case for treatment

I have been a great admirer of Robert Sayer since his stand against Steve Hamnett many years ago. It was therefore with dismay that I read your news item (The Lawyer, 7 June) and find it impossible to disagree with a word of your editorial. The trouble with Mr Keating is that, as with all […]

Directing debate on legal selection

The debate over the use and influence of legal directories in selecting lawyers following a survey by Wheeler Associates and McCallum Layton, How Clients Choose Their Lawyers, has thrown up some questions for all involved in the business of law. And as the debate runs on both in the media and in the marketplace, certain […]

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