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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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Legal Aid Board battles on over police station call rates

A SUSSEX solicitor has won his appeal against the Legal Aid Board’s decision to downgrade a police station call to a lower rate. But the LAB and legal aid practitioners are still locked in battle over the issue. Last week, Eastbourne solicitor Rodney Warren, who threatened to take the LAB to judicial review after allegations […]

Rise and rise of the 'm' word

Marketing used to be a dirty word to many lawyers, mentioned in the same breath as “undignified” or “inappropriate”. And when regulations on advertising by law firms were relaxed in 1984, solicitors were reluctant to use the opportunity to sell themselves. A letter to The Lawyer in August 1988 read: “I sincerely hope The Law […]

Shoosmiths' seeks out new estate agency links

Shoosmiths & Harrison has opened its long-planned conveyancing link-up with Hambros Countrywide estate agents – and is already in talks with other estate agents and lenders about forming new associations. Last week, the Northampton firm opened a new department, Property Direct, which will take referrals from the neighbouring Hambros’ in-house Midlands conveyancing centre. Partner Andrew […]

When the PIA flexes its muscles

Just as there are signs that the Personal Investment Authority (PIA) is about to establish itself as a regulator with teeth, once again there is a proposal for a shake-up in the regulation of the financial services industry. The PIA will undoubtedly continue with its enforcement of the Pensions Review by bringing charges against pension […]

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