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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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Veronica Cowan on the Bar Council lay complaints commissioner’s first year in office. Veronica Cowan is a barrister and freelance journalist. The public might perceive Michael Scott CB, CBE, DSO as typical of an appointment by the Bar Council. The Bar’s lay complaints commissioner is the public school-educated son of a colonel. He boasts manners […]

Dibbs unrest spurs IT head into talks with Arnheims

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s head of IT, David Barrett, is understood to be in talks to take his core IT team to another firm – believed to be Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co. As The Lawyer revealed last month, the firm’s London office has already lost three partners, two associates and four assistants in […]

LCD strikes back at QC

Martin Bowley’s article (The Lawyer, 26 May), accused the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), of intellectual dishonesty, political cynicism and trying to distract attention from the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for legal aid reform by publishing the names of lawyers and firms who have received sums from the Legal Aid Fund. We are talking about taxpayers’ money. […]

European bank cuts panel for advice in East to cut costs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is cutting the number of firms it uses for English and local law advice on financing projects in Eastern Europe and Russia. Until recently, the 20 or so in-house lawyers at the EBRD had not co-ordinated the way in which they chose firms. In an effort to […]

Monitoring witnesses

IN AN effort to improve the experience of witnesses in court, a monitoring exercise will be carried out in magistrates’ courts and Crown Court centres in England and Wales. In June, practitioners representing clients in trials will be approached by court staff for details of the number of defence and prosecution witnesses they are expecting […]

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