By Yi Ling Wong and Samarth Chaddha In the June-July 2016 edition of Al Tamimi’s Law Update Article (http://www.tamimi.com/law-update-articles/crowdfunding-platforms-in-the-uae/), we have previously provided an overview on the Crowdfunding Platforms in the UAE and highlighted some of the key regulatory issues commonly encountered. In an effort to facilitate the growth of the SME sector and FinTech […]
By Fiona Robertson The GDPR is intended to protect the data of residents of EU countries but in doing so, there are claims that it has the capacity to extend beyond the jurisdiction of the European Union to the operations of entities outside that region. The intention of this article is not to provide an […]
Smart contracts will have a disruptive effect on traditional contractual performance, both practically and conceptually. However, are smart contracts actually “contracts” and are they really “smart”? What are smart contracts?
By Ahmed Al Barwani With the fast development and implementation of technology and the internet in processing operations in private and public sectors, and concluding transactions locally and internationally online or electronically on a cross-border basis, it has become essential to develop a legal framework to safeguard the rights and interests of stakeholders utilising such […]
By Sabrina Saxena The UAE is not as flexible as other jurisdictions and does not accommodate many types of business models. Before an expatriate is eligible to work in the UAE, they must receive approval from the UAE immigration and labour authorities and are required to obtain a residence visa and work permit. As part […]
The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.
For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]
By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]
By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]
By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others  EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]
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Baker McKenzie is developing an information governance project to help clients redesign the way they handle data in light of a tighter regulatory framework. The ongoing project, which started last April, is currently led by the firm’s London-based global ediscovery and data advisory managing director Bryant Isbell and Toronto IT partner Theo Ling. The duo […]
4 Pump Court silk Alexander Gunning QC has joined magic circle chambers One Essex Court in a key boost to the set’s arbitration group. Gunning was first called to the Bar in 1994, taking silk six years ago with a practice focused heavily on international arbitration, as well as commercial in the energy, insurance, construction […]
Associates at Slaughter and May are in line to pick up Christmas bonuses of up to 14 per cent and will also receive salary raises in the new year. Newly qualified (NQs) will receive an extra 8.25 per cent of their basic salary as a bonus, while 4.5 to 6.5 year PQEs will receive 14 per cent. […]
Riverview Law has made its first significant hire since being brought by EY four months ago, appointing a former Barclays general counsel to a new director role. Rob Dinning will be a director of legal function co-sourcing, a new unit within the business that helps global corporations change their operating model to achieve a combination of […]
Mining group ENRC has raised further questions over the Serious Fraud Office’s long-running corruption investigation into the company, alleging that privileged information was used as part of the probe. Documents seen by The Lawyer allege that Dechert partner Neil Gerrard passed privileged documents onto the SFO in 2013, as part of its investigation into alleged bribery and corruption […]