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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 […]

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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

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Firms get windfall from Government property tenders

GOVERNMENT plans to tender out property legal work relating to £1.4 billion of its departmental property portfolio will provide law firms with one of the most significant opportunities for quality property work since the recession. The amount of property involved represents a massive 60 per cent of the total civil estate. It consists of all […]

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The main consideration for those organisations with a lease expiry or an option to determine in the next 12-18 months is timing. The amount of available accommodation has been declining steadily over the past few years from the peak of 3.5 million sq ft that was seen in the fourth quarter of 1991. Today, approximately […]

How to conquer space

Rather like a first time housebuyer, the move to a larger home for a law firm can often be a traumatic one. Outgrowing an existing office always raises a number of issues. The move for City firm Linklaters & Paines to its new international headquarters at Milton House and Shire House, Silk Street in 1997 […]

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