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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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Solicitors Trust signs network

The Solicitors Trust, the co-operative national press advertising campaign for solicitors, has signed up the Conquest legal network to promote the scheme. Conquest, which has 250 members, has negotiated a 10 per cent discount off the standard u70 per week cost to join the Solicitors Trust advertising club, which intends to spend u10,000 a week […]

In brief: Diggle back to work in one year

Angus Diggle, convicted of attempted rape, hopes to return to work as a solicitor when his one-year ban is up. Diggle, from Lancashire, who spent a year in jail, escaped being struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Tribunal chair Barrie Marsh said that although the matter was serious, Diggle had served his sentence, paid […]

Lawyers unite on problem Act

THE LAW Society is to meet with the Home Office to discuss its anxieties over “loopholes” in the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The society will join representatives from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Bar Council, Magistrates’ Association and Justices’ Clerks Society at the Home Office meeting. The concerns […]

Making concessions

Considerable attention has been paid to the complexities of launching concession based projects. Articles and seminars on the subject have proliferated, and the projects themselves are now appearing in greater numbers. Less public attention has been paid to the premature termination of concessions, though in practice the termination provisions in a concession contract are always […]

Mackay plan plugs franchise firms

FRANCHISED firms will be in the driving seat when it comes to competing for contracts under Lord Mackay’s proposed new legal aid regime. Details are yet to be fleshed out, but franchise-holders will have a distinct advantage when the system is overhauled. It is understood that non-franchised firms will not be barred from applying to […]

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