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3 Exciting, Promising Trends in Law and Technology

When it comes to technology, the legal industry isn't known for being an early adopter. But after years of dragging their feet, many firms have now started to embrace legal tech, even if that embrace is a bit tepid. There are legal tech conferences, legal tech blogs (ahem), legal tech gurus. The field is exploding with startups in everything from legal...

Retail Apocalypse Means Business for Employment Counsel

Retail apocalypse.It conjures up images of angry workers, desolate parking lots, dogs and cats living together ...Well, angry workers and desolate parking lots will be at the mall closures for sure. Dogs and cats living together, only if a pet store chain is closing.In any case, the retail apocalypse is coming and it's not going to be pretty. More than...

Spaces Are the New Frontier in the Lawyer Writing Wars

Lawyers love to get worked up about obscure grammar and style rules, almost as much as they like to get in a huff over obscure laws. (Emoluments, anyone?) There's the long-running fight pitting case law aficionados against the caselaw'ers. A recent First Circuit ruling that was decided on the lack of an Oxford comma opened up a new front in that ongoing...

Is This the Greatest Judge You've Never Heard Of?

The legal profession is full of lionized legal minds. Most anyone who attended law school could rattle off a quick canon of great jurists: John Marshall, Learned Hand, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Clarence Thomas, etc.But that list may be missing at least one name, the Sixth Circuit's Judge Damon Keith, who, at 94 years old, still serves on...

BigLaw's Naughtiest Lawyers: The Showdown

How's your March Madness bracket doing? If it's like mine, you've probably given up. Which is fine, since college basketball isn't what matters. The law matters. And when it comes to leaders in the legal field, we've got plenty of titans.We're not talking about the industry's biggest rainmakers here, nor the most innovative changemakers. We're talking...

Asia Pacific

MPs seek clarity on UK approach to EU digital single market policies in light of Brexit

The European Scrutiny Committee at the UK parliament said that it is not clear whether the UK government would be able to implement the policies through UK legislation alone, or whether implementation would require a "bilateral agreement" with the EU.The Committee's report noted that the UK government has given its support, in principle, to the package...

'Permission in principle' for brownfield housing sites to come into force next month

The 2017 Permission in Principle Order, which comes into force on 15 April 2017, will provide automatic permission in principle (PiP) for housing-led development on land included in part 2 of the new brownfield land registers, which must be published by each local planning authority (LPA) by the end of this year. Separate regulations to create brownfield...

BREXIT: German firms predict serious damage to trade with UK

Brexit is expected to "seriously damage business" with the UK, according to the survey of 2,200 internationally operating German companies. Almost 10% of firms that have invested in the UK plan to move their money out of the country, the DIHK said.  Smaller firms with revenues of between €10 million and €50 million per year and those that import...

BREXIT: Time for financial services firms to take tangible action on EU exit, experts say

Key areas to consider immediately are the structure of the business, contractual arrangements, planning for regulatory change and closely monitoring developments. Business structureThose that have not already done so should immediately review their business structure, establishing the extent of their cross-border operations and their use of regulatory...

New South Wales pioneering the use of operator-led PPP procurement model in healthcare

The operator-led PPP procurement model, adopted by the New South Wales government, is different from traditional PPPs in that it involves private sector operators delivering healthcare services.The model can facilitate competition in the market and deliver good outcomes for patients, but public opposition to private sector involvement in healthcare...

Europe

​Lamont Pridmore warn high earners about HMRC raids

Higher rate taxpayers have been warned by leading Cumbrian accountants Lamont Pridmore to be vigilant over their tax affairs.The warning comes after new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that its Affluent Unit took an additional £438 million pounds of high earners.Off the back of this success the Unit, which investigates the tax affairs of...

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes...

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City. Read More

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Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404623_text (Sep 24, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM), issued Resolution No. 2,121/2015 on, inter alia, eliminating the need by women over 50 years of age to obtain the consent...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404624_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404625_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of...

China: Death Penalty Crimes to Be Further Reduced

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404620_text (Sep 22, 2015) On August 29, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted the Ninth Amendment to the PRC Criminal Law. The 52-article Ninth Amendment will take effect...

International

Tabcorp fined $45 million

Gaming company Tabcorp has been fined $45 million for breaching anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. The Federal Court found that Tabcorp broke the law on 108 occasions over five years. The fine imposed by the Federal Court is the highest civil penalty in Australian corporate history. The multi million dollar fine was handed down...

Who's Who Legal - Brexit & the Legal Market Survey

Who's Who Legal is one of the world's leading directories of business lawyers. We are currently conducting research into the response of the legal market to Brexit. We are also seeking to uncover which practitioners clients are turning to for advice.The survey below is aimed at private practice lawyers whose practice features significant UK or European...

Quantifying Disruption With The System Dynamics Method – A Brief Explanation

Quantifying Disruption With The System Dynamics Method – A Brief ExplanationBy Thomas Hofbauer and Nicole Mörchen, HKADisruptions frequently lead to the project schedule and subsequent completion date slipping, as well as cost overruns from inefficiencies. Quantification of disruption often remains problematic, leaving the analyst with a degree...

Construction 2017: Discussion

Construction 2017: DiscussionWho’s Who Legal brings together Erin Miller Rankin at Freshfields and Andrew Ness at Jones Day to discuss issues facing construction lawyers and their clients in the industry today, including the rise in construction costs, the effects of global political uncertainty and the growing number of sector-related disputes. Globally,...

The UK's Place in the World

The UK's Place in the World By Global Restructuring Review London has been a leader in international rescue culture since the Insolvency Act came into effect in 1986. But with Brexit on the horizon and other jurisdictions catching up (particularly in the EU and Asia) what lies in store for the UK’s future as a cross-border restructuring hub? In November...