Litigation Recent Decisions 13/12/99

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Putting data to work

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 […]

The Romanian Competition Council never rings twice

By Georgiana Badescu, Mona Banu, Volker Weiss This is how it all starts: with a ring at the door We can only imagine how big the surprise must be when you find out that your Belgium-based office is being raided in an investigation by the Romanian Competition Authority. But it is a fact that the […]

E-mobility market in Portugal – An overview

By Manuel Santos Vitor, Catarina Cortez Gamito Historical and legal background One of the main national priorities in what concerns the Portuguese electricity sector is the development and full implementation of a strong electric mobility (‘e-mobility’) market. This priority largely results from the government concerns associated not only with the environment (ie, reduction of greenhouse gas (GhG) […]

New Jersey LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers

By Matthew Shaxson Jersey’s new LLC law strengthens the Island’s offering to US managers to build on the £169 billion of US assets and funds already administered here, says Ogier partner Matthew Shaxson. The Island’s legislature gave final approval to the new LLC structure, which largely mirrors the existing Delaware model, last week. With a significant […]

Cayman Grand Court hands down decision on master-feeder fund structures

By Giorgio Subiotto, Tim Cone The Cayman Grand Court has handed down a decision that has significance for Cayman master-feeder fund structures. Funds and their advisers should review the redemption provisions in master fund articles of association and partnership agreements to ensure that, operationally, redemptions are being effected in accordance with such documents. Background In the matter […]

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Landmark Ruling Throws Scotland's Criminal Justice System Into Chaos

Scotland’s criminal justice system was thrown into chaos last night after a landmark ruling that its use of temporary sheriffs breaches European law. Three senior judges decided the Lord Advocate’s power to hire and fire temporary sheriffs at will meant defendants could not be guaranteed a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the […]

Quotes of the week

“If a witness wears a Shirley Bassey wig and make-up, how am I to determine that witness is credible?” – William Taylor QC, lawyer for the two Lockerbie suspects when the prosecution asked if key witnesses such as CIA agents could give their testimony in disguise. The judge, Lord Sutherland, rejected the request. “All I […]

3 Verulam Buildings selects new senior practice manager

Commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings has appointed Nicholas Hill as its new joint senior practice manager. Hill will join in the new year from 11 King’s Bench Walk, where he is first junior clerk. He will replace senior clerk Paul Cooklin who is leaving 3 Verulam Buildings for rival commercial set 3-4 South Square in […]

Legal aid contracting to face judicial review

The two-partner firm, which specialises in mental health and community care law, claims Lord Irvine’s plan to allow only law firms with contracts to practice legal aid work is illegal. Yesterday, in a case backed by the Law Society, Mr Justice Latham gave the green light for the issue to be judicially reviewed. The contracting […]

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