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Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

Newsflash: Freehold Properties Bill

By Karl Anders, Louise Power House builders face the difficult task of building more homes whilst also maintaining positive relationships with customers and communities in the face of mistrust engendered by a developer-unfriendly media. This is against the backdrop of trying to run a successful, profitable business for the benefit of shareholders and employees in a constantly […]

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The Lord Chancellor’s Department has published a consultation document considering the provisions on awards of costs against magistrates and other officials such as coroners. The move follows a number of recent cases in which costs have been awarded against magistrates, and concern has been expressed that they could, in theory, be asked to pay. The […]

In brief: Polo tax scheme gets the all-clear

East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve’s £5 million corporate sponsorship scheme for polo matches has been backed by a leading firm of tax analysts. The contracted exit EIS Polo Scheme sells licences for polo matches and tournaments at Ascot Park so investors can get a return from sponsorship and media rights as well as substantial […]

Splitting the Law Society. Regulator or union – the choice is yours

Solicitors in England and Wales will shortly be balloted on the possibility of splitting the Law Society’s twin roles of representing and regulating the profession. What would be the likely outcome in parliamentary terms if the majority recommended such a split? It is hard to find anyone who is entirely happy with the current complaints […]

Westminster makes clean sweep of illegal traders

Helen Sage reports A clamp-down on illegal street trading has been the focus of Westminster City Council’s drive to clean up the streets of central London. The council obtained three injunctions against persistent licence evaders and set up an undercover operation to trap the operators of a mock auction racket in Oxford Street. Central London […]

Law Soc goes back to the drawing board on leaflets

ONE HUNDRED thousand Law Society public advice leaflets on how to instruct solicitors, which caused a storm of protest over their constant reference to costs, are to be pulped and rewritten at a cost of thousands of pounds. Controversy surrounding the leaflets, ‘Working with your solicitor’, flared up shortly before the Law Society’s elections when […]

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