Introduction On a recent matter, I began the usual process of understanding the totality of the documentation that might be at issue, something which is never straightforward. I started with a discussion of custodians and date ranges followed by the typical questions related to data sources, devices, cloud storage and archived information. All seemed to […]
Competition matters, and investigations more generally, differ greatly in execution from the approach to eDiscovery taken in litigation. Understanding the potential issues is paramount in developing an eDiscovery model that tackles the regulatory pressures faced by legal teams and their corporate clients. In the first article in this series we compare the different approaches and examine […]
The direct and indirect costs of eDiscovery in substantial disputes can be, and often are, hugely expensive. The review of documents in particular has the potential to incur the largest proportion of costs during litigation in comparison to other phases such as pleadings, witness statements, expert reports or trial. A combination of the volume, diversity […]
By Mike Brown Corporate legal departments face myriad challenges; challenges that are magnified if the organisation has a multi-national or global footprint and is involved in multiple industry sectors, especially if those sectors are highly regulated or routinely litigious. Given ever increasing emphasis on budgets and cost control, companies now require that internal departments are […]
In the Matter of the H Trust  SC (Bda) 27 Com (30 April 2019), the Supreme Court of Bermuda delivered an important judgment in which it exercised its inherent supervisory powers over trusts to appoint protectors. In its decision, the Court also reaffirmed the wide breadth of the Court’s jurisdiction under Section 47 of […]
By Karl Anders, Deborah Brown On 1 June 2019 a new Section 21 Notice Form 6A will replace the current version. This is to coincide with the commencement of the Tenant Fees Act 2019. The main changes to the notice are in the section explaining the restrictions on terminating a tenancy under Section 21 of […]
By Samuel Fernandes de Almeida, Joana Pacheco The Angolan Personal Income Tax Code was recently amended by Law 9/19, of 24 April 2019. We would highlight the following main alterations: • Profit distributions to members of civil law companies or civil law companies having a commercial form are now taxed; • End-of-career bonuses payable to […]
By Samuel Fernandes de Almeida, Joana Pacheco Law 4/19, of 18 April 2019, has introduced several amendments to the Industrial Tax Code. We would highlight the following amendments: • 7% or higher foreign exchange variations in connection with fixed assets and liabilities are disregarded as income or cost for Industrial Tax purposes; • Interest borne […]
By Ryan Bekkerus, Alexandra Kaplan and Marisa Stavenas What territory’s law typically governs the transaction agreements? Will courts in your jurisdiction recognise a choice of foreign law or a judgment from a foreign jurisdiction? In general, Portuguese law is retained for many transactions with soft domestic and international investors, certainly in all cases to govern […]
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The fortunes of the US firms in London dominated this week’s stories on The Lawyer, while our most comprehensive look at firm leadership revealed stark truths about diversity (or lack of it) in the industry. According to data collected from 38 of the world’s largest firms, just one had a 50:50 gender balance on its […]
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Recent years have seen a tremendous shift in almost all aspects of the UK legal services sector, but few have been more tangible than the transformation of senior marketing roles. What was once seen, somewhat disparagingly, as a ‘back office’ position is now taking its place shoulder to shoulder with the leading firms’ most senior rainmakers.
Law firms are finally waking up to the fact that marketing makes money. Not all, however, have quite yet cottoned on to precisely how. Most firms now recognise that as they and their clients grapple with the realities of digital transformation, the specialists leading this thinking are unlikely to be lawyers.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has made all of its paralegals in London redundant, after an analysis of work patterns and demand for their services. The US firm confirmed to The Lawyer that it will no longer recruit paralegals in London, having made three paralegals redundant. A spokesperson said: “We confirm that we have made […]
Osborne Clarke has made up eight new partners in the UK, including one who completed the process during her maternity leave and two that work on a part-time basis. The firm’s new cohort means Osborne Clarke now boasts a partnership of more than 260 for the first time in the firm’s history with a handful […]
US firms have extended their share of the London legal market, The Lawyer can reveal, with more than ever featuring in the exclusive ranking of the 50 largest US and UK-headquartered firms in the City. This is a rise of one firm on last year’s ranking, which was introduced for the first time in the […]