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 […]
What should the role of technology be in Legal Operations? How can it meet the needs of both legal professionals and the wider business? Apperio had the pleasure of speaking to Keruschka Shunmugam, Legal Operations Manager at Trainline…
By Nicholas d’Adhemar Apperio invited a selection of clients, General Counsel and corporate Legal Operations professionals to benchmark the adoption of technology in legal departments. The group discussed the cultural and commercial challenges of technology. Here are five of the most interesting lessons learned…
By Nicholas d’Adhemar General Counsel are under the same pressures as every other leader in a business: to promote operational excellence and demonstrate strategic value. They can seek to demonstrate new value by trimming costs; but that’s not an inexhaustible source of benefit, and in any case, if a business is in a growth phase, […]
Key findings: Digital now the new weapon for protectionist policies China leads the way on digitally restrictive laws followed by Russia and India New report highlights fragmented picture governing movement of data, setting a new challenge for business Countries which have historically driven protectionist policies through tariff and other trade barriers are now extending their […]
Now that you have incorporated in Bermuda or established your Bermuda trust, the next step is to set up an office on the island. There are many factors to take into account, including: Employment considerations (immigration, contracts) Employer responsibilities (payroll tax, social, insurance, pensions, health insurance) Premises and residential accommodation Moving family and household Employment […]
By Richard Sagar, Karl Anders, Graham Whiteford, Josh Kitson Introduction This briefing note, prepared by the Walker Morris Planning Environment Team, explores the opportunities presented in the new National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF2“). Specifically, the opportunities to obtain planning permission for new entry-level exception sites consisting of affordable housing for first-time buyers on previously unallocated […]
By Paul Gair The FCA yesterday released its policy statement (PS18/21) on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper (CP18/31) detailing proposals for increasing […]
The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch real estate industry. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…
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Merchant bank Close Brothers has kicked off its search for a new general counsel, as it was announced that Elizabeth Lee would be retiring as the company’s legal head later this year. Lee joined Close as general counsel in September 2009 and was further appointed as a director in August 2012. Prior to Close Brothers, […]
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) contract lawyers arm Peerpoint is the largest revenue generator of any law firm-linked flexible working service, with a UK revenue of £25m in 2017/18, it can be revealed. Peerpoint’s rapid growth since launching five years ago is a clear indication of a change in sentiment towards the use of contract lawyers […]
Corporate duo Mark Soundy and Sarah Priestley are leaving Goodwin Procter after a two year stint at the firm, The Lawyer understands, just days after the US firm lost a tax partner to Greenberg Traurig.
The withdrawal of Robert Tchenguiz’s accusations against the accountancy firm Grant Thornton and a number of other businesses will cost the property mogul nearly £24m as a result of a High Court judgment passed down yesterday. Mr Justice Robin Knowles ordered Tchenguiz to pay £11.2m to Travers Smith client Jóhannes Jóhannsson of the collapsed Icelandic bank […]
Weeks after the announcement of Nigel Boardman’s impending retirement next April, it can be revealed that another Slaughter and May stalwart is also due to hang up his boots this year. Corporate M&A partner William Underhill will bow out of the firm this December after 28 years in the firm’s partnership. He joined the firm […]