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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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Profits shrink as growth continues

The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers1998 survey reveals some worrying trends, say Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall. Alistair Rose and Denise Catterall lead the Pricewaterhouse Coopers professional partnerships’ group and specialise in providing accounting, tax and business consultancy services to law firms. Over recent years, the annual survey has traced the industry’s progress towards improved financial management. This […]

President of the court of last resort

Veronica Cowan tests Legal Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham’s faith in the self-regulatory complaints system. Veronica Cowan is a freelance journalist. For clients unhappy with the performance of their lawyer, Ann Abraham is the court of last resort. As legal Services ombudsman she sits somewhat uncomfortably between a profession frustrated by complaints, and clients and consumer […]

Judge questions Gouldens' evidence in fee claim case

A High Court judge has thrown out the evidence given by Gouldens’ head of company commercial Max Thorneycroft in support of the firm’s bid to force a company director to pay up to £200,000 in fees. In a judgment which effectively scotches Gouldens’ attempts to force entrepreneur Robin Herd to pay up the money, Judge […]

No more “fortress Bar'?

Jon McLeod offers the Bar advice on its public relations. Jon McLeod is director of PR consultancy Shandwick, one of the company’s bidding for the Bar Council’s contract. The transformation of the Government from the maker of reassuring noises over the Bar’s future into an administration which is intent on gnawing at the roots of […]

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