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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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Bigger than the Beatles

Fiona Callister meets Rex Makin, the anti-authoritarian lawyer who has become an institution in his right. In a side street in Liverpool, just between Thorntons and Ann Summers, are the offices of E Rex Makin, self-proclaimed legend and lawyer to the masses. On the front door is a polite but firm notice to leave prams […]

In brief: Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers in Manchester has moved to new premises. The set is now at a newly restored building at 24 St John Street. It was previously based in Cumberland House, Crown Square.

Shorter working hours a priority, says EOC chair

A radical rethink of the “long-hours working culture” is needed to create family-friendly working practices, according to Equal Opportunities Commission chair Julie Mellor. In one of her first public speeches since she she became chair, Mellor told the Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conference in Leeds last week that the Government’s Fairness at Work legislation alone […]

Employing more pro bono

A recent employment case highlights some of the legal and humane reasons why pro bono work is needed. After her claim for breach of contract was dismissed at an employment tribunal, a woman appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The claimant had initially represented herself, but at appeal the case was initially handled under […]

Fraud proposals get mixed reception

Top City crime lawyers have attacked a Law Commission proposal to remove the need to prove dishonesty in deception cases. As predicted in The Lawyer (5 April), the commission’s consultation paper proposes sweeping changes to the fraud laws in the light of new technology Although most proposals are welcomed – particularly those suggesting a tightening […]

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