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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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Director leaves after strategy dispute

John Malpas reports THE UK’S largest set has parted company with the marketing director it appointed just six months ago to raise its profile. Five Fountain Court in Birmingham says it is not planning to replace Olivier Morel, who joined the set to give “structure and depth” to its marketing policy. Morel is the second […]

Laserforms for Windows scoops excellence award

Helen Sage reports Laserforms for Windows, the software for filling out forms on computer screen, has won the Outstanding Technology Award from the Society for Computers and Law. The prestigious award was presented to Laserforms’ managing director Barry Hawley-Green by Lord Woolf on 5 February. The ceremony took place at the Law Society. John Irving, […]

Charities expert migrates to new set

John Malpas reports CHANCERY set 3 New Square has taken on charities expert Hubert Picarda QC following his decision to leave his own newly-merged set. Picarda’s move ends a flurry of activity in the Chancery Bar prompted by the merger of 10 Old Square with 8 Stone Buildings at the beginning of the year. The […]

Bacfi to fight plans on deferred call to Bar

EMPLOYED commercial barristers are gearing up for a campaign against the Bar Council’s plans to defer call to the Bar for six months after training. The Bar Association for Commerce and Industry (Bacfi) has highlighted the threat to the employed Bar posed by the deferral plan which was approved in principle by the Bar Council […]

Outrage at magistrates' finance freeze

A STORM is brewing over a government decision to freeze millions of pounds-worth of magistrates courts building work in order to “privatise” the schemes under its Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Officials from magistrates courts committees (MCCs) and local authorities are outraged by the move and are seeking urgent meetings with the Lord Chancellor’s Department, now […]

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