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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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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A Barbican retrospective

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The Egyptian-born owners of Harrods, Mohammed Al Fayed and brother Ali, are set to take on the Government in the High Court. They have been given the go-ahead to challenge the Home Office refusal to grant them British citizenship. Their moves to seek judicial review of the refusal are expected to be vigorously opposed by […]

Firm links up to Land Registry for fast-track property service

Linda Tsang reports Sussex firm Wynne Baxter Godfree has just gone on-line with a dedicated high-speed link into HM Land Registry’s national computer at Plymouth. The link, via BT’s ISDN service, will reduce the time taken for searches and other registry inquiries, and also speed up the firm’s conveyancing and property services. It is envisaged […]

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AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Paul Keating has announced a four-year A$160 million strategy to reform the country’s legal system to “bring justice to the people, not people to lawyers”. The scheme aims to provide families with the means to resolve disputes outside formal legal processes and A$54m will be allocated to expanding family services, including increased […]

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