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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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Ensuring justice for all children

For a child, giving courtroom evidence is a harrowing ordeal. One charity is working to alleviate the suffering, writes Linda Tsang. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. Justice through the eye of a child can often be frightening and bewildering. “I’m frightened.” “I want my mum.” “He keeps asking me questions.” “I don’t understand.” “I […]

Leeds set brings in director to head clerks

Leeds set 10 Park Square has shaken up its administration in response to proposed government reforms by appointing Vicky Thompson as its first chambers practice director. She will oversee all chambers administration, including the clerks’ room. Craig Place has been promoted to senior clerk. Former senior clerk Stephen Collis, who left amicably earlier this year, […]

Etiquette for automation

When is a solicitor’s letter not a solicitor’s letter? I have just received a fax from a firm of solicitors which bore the message that it had been created by an automated system and ‘may therefore be unsigned’. This was followed by the caveat that no engagements were entered into by the firm unless the […]

Criminal lawyers mount bid to force Law Soc contract boycott

CRIMINAL lawyers have launched a campaign to force the Law Society to prohibit solicitors from entering into exclusive block contracts with the Legal Aid Board (LAB). The Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) is to petition its 840 members this month to back a motion calling on the Law Society to vote block contracting inconsistent with […]

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