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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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Disabled Crime Victims. Acting on injustice

Whether our legal system fails learning-disabled victims of crime is something which most lawyers have probably never even considered. After all, very few cases involving victims with learning difficulties ever get to court. But why these victims are so often exiled from the legal system is a question now being addressed in a play produced […]

Tax adviser rejoins Simmons

Edward Troup has rejoined Simmons & Simmons as head of tax strategy after two years as special adviser to Kenneth Clarke at the Treasury. Troup, who was head of corporate tax at Simmons until 1995, advised Clarke on the 1995 and 1996 budgets, and also worked closely with the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & […]

Chinese and WTO debate the rights of foreign firms

AN EASING of the restrictions imposed on foreign lawyers by China may be on the horizon as the protracted negotiations over its application to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) draw to a close. China and the WTO are understood by The Lawyer to be near to agreement on China’s application to join the body. […]

Time for Glasnost at the Bar

The Bar Council has had its critics over the years, but no right-minded barrister has ever dared to compare it with the Kremlin under Soviet rule. Until now, that is. Veteran democracy campaigner Robin de Wilde QC made such a comparison at the Bar Council’s AGM on 14 June. He was speaking during a heated […]

Bar subscriptions

The Government may intervene to ensure barristers pay their subscriptions to the Bar Council, treasurer Michael Blair QC has warned. “It’s possible that we may need the Government to legislate to put our finances on the same sound footing as other similar organisations,” Blair told the Bar Council Annual General meeting on 14 June. Last […]

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