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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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Barristers transformed into solicitor-advocates

Two barristers from chambers at 6 Gray’s Inn Square were disbarred last week and will form a new legal aid partnership with a solicitor to specialise in Crown Court advocacy work. The two barristers, James O’Keefe and Avtar Bhatoa, will enrole as solicitors and carry on their criminal practice under a new identity as solicitor-advocates. […]

Legal aid solicitor offers 'Law for All'

A new kind of legal services provision has been set up in west London by a young solicitor formerly with high profile legal aid firm Bindman & Partners. Called Law for All, the organisation runs the Acton Law Shop – a hybrid of a small legal aid firm and law centre. It has charitable status, […]

No such thing as 'guilty plea culture'

Criminal lawyers vigorously denied the existence of a “guilty plea culture” and rebutted suggestions that they failed to act in the best interests of clients. Delegates at the conference heard Lee Bridges, author of Standing Accused, paint a picture of poor quality defence work. But the criminal specialists said it would not make financial sense […]

Lamplugh Trust calls for victims agency

National charity for personal safety, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, has called for the establishment of an agency or “victims voice” to represent the interests and rights of people affected by crime and the judicial process. Charity trustee Diana Lamplugh, also a member of the trust’s executive committee, says: “There is a real need to have […]

FE colleges sign up to ILEX PT scheme

Fifty-nine further education colleges have registered as assessment centres for a new training scheme launched by the Institute of Legal Executives’ Paralegal Training (ILEX PT). The scheme, which provides legal education for non-lawyers, is expected to be assessed through 10 additional assessment centres by Christmas.

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