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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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Disclosure: a bar to justice?

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Firm pays plaintiff's costs

A Manchester solicitor set up a company to hold his law firm’s lease, which then stayed in the building for two years rent-free while the landlord waged a court battle for rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has heard.Miller Gardner defended the company, Globe Legal Services Ltd, in the original action, but was in for […]

Partners on the move…

Mark Haywood moves from Olswang, where he was a senior solicitor in its investment team, to Addleshaw Booth & Co where he was made partner in March this year. Haywood is a specialist in property investments and acquisitions and was recruited by Addleshaws to handle the portfolio of blue-chip property clients in its commercial property […]

Scuffle of the week

Black lawyers are warning Home Secretary Jack Straw that one of his favourite reforms – the removal of trial by election – will further dent the confidence of black Britons in the legal system. Courtenay Griffiths QC says that “there is clear evidence that the black community will be disproportionately affected by the proposed changes”. […]

Prudential set to review number of legal panels

Insurance giant Prudential is conducting a full-scale review of its legal function, including its panels of external law firms.The company is considering using a single panel of firms for all its work, rather than the system of various panels for different business areas which it uses now.Peter Maynard, head of legal at Prudential, says: “There […]

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