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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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YORKSHIRE law firm Gordons saw its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure break the £500,000 barrier in the past financial year after it rose by 20 per cent to £547,000. This robust figure can largely be put down to the firm making a number of acquisitions in the past five years without significantly increasing […]

Tribunal Service deals with 600,000 cases in first year

The Government’s Tribunal Service dealt with almost 600,000 cases in its first full year, its annual report revealed today (24 July). Of these, more than 100,000 were employment claims and appeals, while 254,000 were appeals in relation to social security and child support and a further 166,000 were appealing asylum and immigration rulings. The report […]

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Norton Rose and Lovells have played key roles in injecting Chinese and Singaporean cash into Barclays. China Development Bank has agreed to buy £1.5bn worth of Barclays’ new ordinary shares, the equivalent of 3.1 per cent of the bank’s current issued share capital. If Barclays’ bid for ABN Amro is successful the Chinese bank will […]

Law Society names new president

Fiona Woolf today (19 July) stepped down as the president of the Law Society to make way for immigration lawyer Andrew Holroyd Holroyd, a partner at Liverpool-based Jackson & Canter, took over the reins of the solicitors’ representative body at the AGM. Holroyd vowed to lead the entire profession through “what is bound to be […]

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