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5 key considerations for planning a virtual hearing

With the widespread adoption of remote working, the legal world has now turned to technology for solutions to overcome challenges and adapt to this new environment. In an industry that is usually heavily reliant on face-to-face interaction, lawyers, courts and arbitration centres are now exploring alternative ways of running remote court hearings, or virtual hearings. […]

Top 5 virtual hearing tips for barristers, from barristers

For the legal world, the rapid transition to virtual hearings may pose challenges. However, most importantly, it also presents an opportunity to innovate and gain new capabilities. As virtual hearings have already started taking place globally, several barristers have been sharing their experiences. They have offered support, guidance and inspiration for fellow industry professionals who […]

The future of courtroom litigation

As law professionals adapt to new ways of working and conducting remote hearings, how will this impact the future of courtroom litigation? In a recent article published on, Stephen Embry sheds light on this topic, following his interview with Opus 2 Founder and CEO, Graham Smith-Bernal and our Chief Strategy Officer, Steve Fleming. They explain […]

4 key responsibilities of a Virtual Hearing Manager

In the current climate, technology is enabling judicial proceedings to be conducted remotely via virtual hearings. There are many moving parts to a virtual hearing, which can add to the challenge of ensuring the smooth running of proceedings. At Opus 2, our Remote Access solutions have enabled participants to follow hearings in real time, from […]

Guest post: Ian Gaunt on LMAA’s transition to virtual hearings

The LMAA is the world’s leading body concerned with maritime arbitration. Members of the LMAA handle over 1,700 new cases each year and publish over 500 awards in the same period. To put that in perspective, the number of new LMAA cases is roughly equal to the number of new cases started annually in the […]

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Portugal: Rent updating coefficient to apply in 2022

Under article 24 of Law 6/2006 of 27 February, which approved the New Urban Renting Rules, and article 11(5) of Decree-Law 294/2009 of 13 October, which approved the New Rural Renting Rules, the National Statistics Institute is responsible for calculating the annual rent update coefficient applicable to urban and rural leases. This coefficient must then be published in a notice appearing in the official gazette, Diário da República, no later than 30 October of each year.

How will costs be treated in a no-fault divorce?

At the end of this month, court fees are increasing. The change is the result of a consultation led by the Ministry of Justice earlier in the year which considered whether court fees should be increased by inflation.

Limited network exemption under PSD2 – EBA consults on Draft Guidelines

In summer 2021 the European Banking Authority published Draft Guidelines on the limited network exemption under the Payment Service Directive 2 for consultation. The Draft Guidelines are meant to foster supervisory convergence amongst the EU’s national competent regulators.

Energy Innovators Roundtable series: Reshaping regulation to recognize the imperative for technological change

Whether they like it or not, energy regulators are the new gatekeepers of the technology shift that is needed to meet Canada’s carbon reduction goals. This will require significant and near-term changes to the construct under which Canada’s utilities have traditionally been regulated. Traditional regulation doesn’t incent utilities to retire technology simply because something better has come along. Should regulation transition from “used and useful” to “better”? Join Gowling WLG for the first 2021 roundtable in the Energy Innovators Roundtable series.


Irwin Mitchell enters redundancy consultations as 110 roles face axe

Up to 110 jobs are at risk of redundancy at Irwin Mitchell after the firm indicated it was responding to the long-term change in working patterns triggered by Covid-19. The national outfit today announced the next phase of its response to the pandemic, claiming that redundancy consultations are a direct result of an increased shift […]

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Clydes reveals first financials under new leadership team

Clyde & Co’s profits fell by 5 per cent over the 2019/20 financial year, due to a slew of investments made during the past 12 months. Profits dipped from £151m to £143m, while a 4 per cent decline in PEP saw the figures fall from £690,000 to £665,000. By contrast, Clyde & Co’s revenue went […]

Clifford Chance regains place on FCA’s £8.6m panel

Clifford Chance, Ashurst, DLA Piper and Dentons are among the firms that have secured a place on The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s latest £8.6m legal panel. The new, expanded panel is made up of 15 firms, with new appointments including Clyde & Co, Pinsent Masons and Mills & Reeve. Whereas previously the FCA had separate […]

City broker Oneglobal appoints new GC

London broker Oneglobal has appointed a new general counsel (GC) as part of a wider business shake-up. Christopher Galyer joins Oneglobal as GC after nearly ten years as group head of legal at insurance broker and risk consultant Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT). At JLT, he advised senior management on various regulatory, contentious and contractual issues […]

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