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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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Law Soc to ditch minimum pay in effort to up training contracts

The Law Society’s regulation board is set to scrap its minimum salary requirement in an effort to grow the number of training contract places available to students. Despite growth in the number of students taking the LPC over the past five years, the number of available training contracts has remained almost static. In 2000 there […]

Southern authorities team up to bulk-buy new panel

A consortium of 18 local authorities in the south of England has slashed its legal costs by up to a third by selecting a combined legal panel. The local authorities’ combined annual legal spend is between £1m and £2m on average, with the panel firms offering reduced rates from between £150 and £200 an hour […]

Lord Chief Justice approves extradition of hotel chiefs

Simmons & Simmons have failed to prevent the extradition of two elderly hotelliers to the US after the Lord Chief Justice rejected arguments that the US government had exploited the 2003 Extradition Treaty. In a High Court hearing yesterday (Wednesday 6 September) Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, and Mr Justice Cresswell handed down judgment […]

Freshfields instructed by Irish state on Aer Lingus flotation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped a mandate to advise the Irish government on the IPO of its flag carrier Aer Lingus. The magic circle firm won the high-profile mandate after participating in a beauty parade at the end of last year. Irish firms William Fry and Arthur Cox are acting as local counsel to the […]

Wilberforce barristers earn £550K apiece to top 2006 earnings table

A bumper year for the set’s pensions practice helped Wilberforce Chambers boost revenue per barrister (RPB) by 10 per cent last year to overtake 7 King’s Bench Walk at the top of the earnings table. The average RPB has broken through the £350,000 barrier for the first time this year despite fewer cases reaching a […]

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