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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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Merged firm hits top 10 in trade marks

TWO US intellectual property firms are to merge in a move they claim will put them in the top 10 list of firms ranked by the number of US trade marks issued. Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer Wolf & Donnelly will join forces with niche intellectual property practice Poms, Smith, Lande & Rose, of California in January. The […]

Coaching for laity in minority issues

Lay magistrates and tribunal chairmen are to receive training on ethnic minority issues under a training initiative of the Judicial Studies Board. Presenting the fourth annual report of the board’s Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee, chair Mr Justice Dyson said training seminars on ethnic issues for judges and stipendiary magistrates had been well received, but now […]

Meeting hears Law Soc plan

A BLUEPRINT for an efficient, approachable and united Law Society was unveiled last week. During what one senior member described as the most constructive council meeting he had ever attended, members unveiled a 20-point programme for the coming year. It was compiled by a new policy-making think-tank made up of senior council members whose task […]

Small firms stinting on management input, says survey

Medium-sized and small firms are not investing enough in practice management, says a survey by Otterburn Legal Consulting. The survey found that many medium and small firms were yet to appoint a managing partner and that not enough time was spent on practice management. It revealed that most firms expect their senior partners to combine […]

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