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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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BCCI lawyer Chris Mallon is moving from Lovell White Durrant to become a partner at Biddle & Co. Mallon, an assistant at Lovells, was a core member of the team working on the BCCI liquidation responsible for overseeing the creditors’ meeting at Wembley Arena, and the English court hearings for approval of the Abu Dhabi […]

Labour plans to dump LAB in favour of US-style defence system

The Labour Party will replace the Legal Aid Board with a Community Legal Service staffed by salaried lawyers with rights of audience in the courts, in order to provide representation “at a lower cost to the taxpayer than the existing system”. This first indication of a move towards a US-style public defender system is revealed […]

Family panel should select specialists

RULES of accreditation for the proposed family law panel should be stringent enough to ensure the public is offered a choice of lawyers who are true specialists in the area, says the Solicitors Family Law Association. Association chair Nigel Shepherd, a partner in Manchester practice Lace Mawer, says there is a “very strong case” for […]

Practices shop around for systems

Helen Sage reports An increasing number of legal practices are looking to a number of specialist suppliers to meet their computer requirements. A survey among 80 law firms by chartered accountants James & Cowper and LawNet found there has been a move towards practices installing single or departmental PC solutions. “Many of these are very […]

No going back for political president

Martin Mears talks to John Malpas about his opening moves at the Law Society’s helm “OF COURSE I’ll stick to my manifesto,” exclaims Martin Mears indignantly when it is suggested he may drop his radical agenda in exchange for a quiet life. The timing of his elevation to the presidency, just before the traditional summer […]

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