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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 […]

Reduction of partial transition compensation for working hours by Supreme Court

By Lucas Hoogervorst, Maureem in Poel The Supreme Court ruled last Friday that, in short, a partial amendment of an existing employment contract in circumstances that have to be borne by the employer, may result in the payment of a partial transition payment. This concerns the special case that, due to circumstances, is forced to proceed […]

Prinsjesdag- Tax plan 2019

The government submitted the Tax Plan 2019 and related legislative proposals to the House of Representatives. A number of parts of these legislative proposals that may be relevant include: 1. Change of rates in corporation tax, income tax and VAT 2. Limiting depreciation possibilities buildings in own use 3. Limitation periods for loss settlement in corporation […]

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Alcoholic lawyers book a passage to dry dock

Barry Pritchard became a solicitor in 1960 but he cannot remember exactly when it was he became an alcoholic. Pritchard can, however, clearly recall when he stopped drinking and started his recovery – 4 July 1984. US Independence Day. For the past 13 years Pritchard has been dealing with his own problem and helping hundreds […]

Initiatives for a female future

Increasing the number of women reaching and staying at partner level is on the agenda . Although the new Parliament has an unprecedented number of female members, including several from the legal profession, the recent announcement of this year’s crop of partners shows that the legal profession still seems to be lagging behind in the […]

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It is a pity Miss Bawdon in her letter (The Lawyer, 6 May) does not take the trouble to check her facts before rushing into print. Miss Bawdon should not believe all she reads because journalists, whether freelance or otherwise, tend to look for salacious gossip and where it does not exist seem happy to […]

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Industrial tribunals. Employment law isn't working

The exclusion of industrial tribunals from Lord Woolf’s reforms will restrict access to justice, believes Margaret McCabe. Industrial tribunals are not included in the wide-ranging reforms of civil justice proposed by Lord Woolf. At the Women Lawyers conference last month Lord Woolf frankly admitted that industrial tribunals were never part of his brief. This exclusion […]

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