Increasing Access to Justice Through Legal-Tech in Indonesia
--- Justika is positioned as a key digital tool for better access to justice for Indonesian citizens   Access to justice in Indonesia Proper access to justice entails that a person facing a legal issue has timely and affordable access to the level of legal help that they need to get a fair ...
Justika - 14 October 2021
Can Law Firms Require Their Employees to be Vaccinated?
Brief Answer The answer in Canada is generally yes, but with a few important caveats: i. Mandatory vaccination policies should be consistent with the employer law firm’s obligations to ensure occupational health and safety;  ii. Reasonable accommodations must be provided to employees i...
Maciej Lipinski - 07 October 2021
US Supreme Court reopens Pissarro painting case
Judicial procedures allow different persons and companies to be pitted against each other in foreign countries. Ownership of cultural property changes hands, either by legal means or through extraordinarily unfavourable situations.  Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States has admitted...
Álvaro Navarro - 04 October 2021
Understanding the Common Pitfalls of Purchasing Malpractice Insurance
Abstract Legal malpractice insurance is a necessity for running your practice, and yet most lawyers dread the task of purchasing lawyers’ professional liability (LPL). This article uncovers why the process for purchasing malpractice coverage is outdated, what options are available, and what y...
Brad Barkin - 30 September 2021
Online Arbitration: How Iranian Courts React?
Introduction Dispute resolution methods are now facing with some unprecedented times in the Covid-19 pandemic period. Since the trade cannot stop, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, including arbitration, are now being more and more conducted in online ways. Accordingly, more online hear...
Oveis Rezvanian, Kamyar S. Oladi - 17 September 2021
Interview Cecilia O'Neill, Dean of the Law School of the Universidad del Pacifico
--- The Impact Lawyers publishes a series of interviews with deans of the world's leading law schools. On this occasion, Cecilia O'Neill, Dean of the Law School of the Universidad del Pacifico (Peru) answers the questions in this interview   In recent times and understanding the transformati...
Cecilia O'Neill - 01 September 2021
An Introduction to Probate Genealogy – A Probate Professionals’ Best Friend
What is Probate Genealogy? Probate Genealogy is a crucial part of the legal world, helping probate professionals with their workload on a daily basis. Also known as probate research, or even heir hunting, the core service offering is locating difficult to find beneficiaries named in wills, or estab...
Joe Lander - 25 August 2021
A Summary of "The Rule Of Law" by Tom Bingham - Part 2
--- In Part 2 of this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at the remaining 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly. Fifth, the law must afford adequate protection of fundamental human rights. Although a non-democratic legal syst...
Chloe Lee - 24 August 2021
Knowledge Management, Geometry and Frieda Riley
--- This essay is the Preface to Jerry Lawson’s new book Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Building a Culture of Success, scheduled for publication in April 2022.     I first learned about the joy of efficiency from my high school Geometry teacher, Miss Freida Riley. On submitt...
Jerry Lawson - 20 August 2021
Fraud unravels all: The effect of fraud on dispute resolution clauses
In the current struggling economic climate and due to the shortage of infrastructure projects plaguing the South African construction industry, it comes as no surprise that there is fierce competition amongst contractors to be awarded the little work that remains. As a result, it is often found that...
Kyle Bowles, Caley Hill - 19 August 2021
Interview with Katharina Miller on the role of women in the legal profession
1. How have you seen the evolution of women lawyers in the legal sector since you started your professional career? I have started to work as an attorney-at-law 11 years ago. I am registered at Stuttgart bar and Madrid bar. In 2017, for the first time in German history, there were more women that r...
Katharina Miller - 18 August 2021
The Bill of Lading
Maritime operations are renown for their complexity and international nature, as a single transaction might involve several different means of transport, parties and, most importantly, documentation, which is often issued in different countries and stages of the supply chain. Undoubtedly, one of the...
Maria Otero Pando - 16 August 2021
Looking after employees and their mental health during COVID-19
COVID-19 has turned a significant percentage of office workers into "remote workers" almost overnight. Many studies have shown the positive impact of home working but that may not be the reality here, in the face of an urgent crisis, where home working is applied wholesale to people who have not wor...
Andrew Litchfield, Amber Strickland - 15 August 2021
Interview Manuel Fontaine Campos, Director of Porto School of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University
--- The Impact Lawyers publishes a series of interviews with deans of the world's leading law schools. On this occasion, Manuel Fontaine Campos, Director of Porto School of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University answers the questions in this interview   1. What are the main differences be...
Manuel Fontaine Campos - 27 July 2021
Interview Rocío González, Legal Director and Legal Coordination at University of Montemorelos
--- The Impact Lawyers publishes a series of interviews with deans of the world's leading law schools. On this occasion, Rocío González Cepeda, Legal Director and Legal Coordination at University of Montemorelos (Mexico) answers the questions in this interview   1. What are the...
Editor - 23 July 2021
Interview Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President of SILFA and The Bar Association of India
--- The Impact Lawyers publishes a series of interviews with deans of the world's leading bar associations. On this occasion, Dr. Lalit Bhasin, President of SILFA and The Bar Association of India answers the questions in this interview   1. You will surely remember that a few years ago, a la...
Dr. Lalit Bhasin - 19 July 2021
Summary of “The Rule of Law” (Part 1)
--- In this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly and break down the general concept of it   First, the law must be accessible and so far as possible intelligible, clear and predict...
Chloe Lee - 16 July 2021
Q&A with the Head of School and Acting Dean at UNSW LAW, Professor Andrew Lynch
--- The Impact Lawyers is publishing a series of interviews with deans of the world's leading law schools. On this occasion, Professor Andrew Lynch, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales (Australia) answers the questions in this interview.   1. What are the m...
Andrew Lynch - 14 July 2021
Property and cryptocurrency—the legacy of "AA v Persons Unknown"
--- The author unpacks the consequences of the case of AA V Persons Unknown on the legal controversy over the ownership of cryptocurrencies   In the recent case of AA v Persons Unknown [1], the English High Court has pronounced judicially for the first time after the publication of the UK Ju...
Yan Shen Tan - 13 July 2021
The Blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies: NFT's
--- Villamizar explains the definition of NFTs and their possible application to guarantee the intellectual property rights of creators or artists The technological world and the adoption of new disruptive technologies has had a huge impact on the way we relate to each other, and of course, in alm...
Nicolás Junco Villamizar - 30 June 2021
The current paradigm of litigation funding
--- Utkarsh Gambhir talks about litigation funding and the rise of crowdfunding platforms as means of funding  In the wake of the pandemic shake-up in the legal market, many litigators are relying on third parties for litigation funding. While this practice is common in Anglo-Saxon markets su...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 27 June 2021
The risks of using an individual as your registered agent
--- The author emphasises the importance of selecting a registered agent when setting up a company Choosing a registered agent is a critical issue for newly forming and qualifying companies. In choosing whether to appoint an individual or a corporate registered agent, the company’s owners, a...
Sandra Feldman - 09 June 2021
When Marketing Meets Advocacy
--- It is no secret that law is changing and bringing new contours and that lawyers are adding other skills Globalization and the market demand more quality than just advocating. Knowing the legislation and doing a good job is a premise and not a differential. As a result, legal marketing has bec...
Ana Julia Vaz Guimarães Sampaio - 08 June 2021
Discover the new e-learning programme launched by Linklaters
--- Linklaters launches e-learning programme with Forage to bring US students closer to the law More and more law firms are making use of technological tools to enhance the talent of their employees. In this case, we will describe the virtual programme launched by Linklaters, in partnership with F...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 07 June 2021
Time to take positive steps to improve profitability?
--- Existing technologies are the way to work more efficiently in order to improve productivity and profitability The growth of in-house legal teams continues. Law firms are chasing more clients and are operating in an increasingly competitive market. In CLOC’s  recently released S...
Joanne Humber - 31 May 2021
The fight against organised crime in Italy: The figure of the receiver as a collaborator of the judge
--- Giovanni Falcone fought against the Mafia in Italy by understanding the need for the figure of the judge as a collaborator in criminal investigations On 23 May, Italy paid tribute to Judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Judge Francesca Morvillo and the three bodyguards Antonio Montinaro, Rocco Dic...
Cristiana Rossi - 27 May 2021 Italy
How can we use legal design method for complex corporate law transactions?
--- Legal design should be considered as the solution to problems of public and corporate law in complex transactions Legal design is a method that helps professionals apply “design-thinking” to law. In this way, lawyers can increase comprehensibility of their services and empower thei...
Özge Gizem Yerlikaya - 21 May 2021
Enabling Change in the Society via Legal Design (Part 2)
--- Legal designers can act as agents creating social value directly, targeting social innovation as -one of the results (ICYMI: I have previously analysed the relationship between the legal service value chain, legal design and legal designers as agents to create social value in the Part 1.) ...
Ebru Metin - 20 April 2021
Enabling Change in the Society via Legal Design (Part 1)
--- The author makes a Short Analysis of Legal Service Value Chain From a personal perspective, I have always perceived being a lawyer as a responsive agent. A client would often ask for legal advice and you provide it either to solve a problem or to provide initial guidance for your client’...
Ebru Metin - 09 April 2021
How to store your firm's data We explore ACC's new programme
--- The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has announced the official launch of its new Data Management Programme (DSP), an assessment programme Based on data collection, it is designed specifically for law firms and corporate legal departments. Through a 2020 ACC survey of heads of legal dep...
Editor - 07 April 2021
Marine Plastic Pollution Rule of Law: Why We Shy Away from It?
--- Oceans are polluted by plastic and it has worsened during the COVID 19 pandemic Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface, and their vastness is integral to life on Earth. Unfortunately, currently our oceans are full of plastic pollution. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oc...
Linda Yanti Sulistiawati - 02 April 2021
Ever Given and Fragility of Shipping Routes Post 2020
--- Shipping is directly driven by global economic growth and the need to carry goods internationally Global economic growth directly influences international trade which in turn directly affects shipping and growth in seabourne trade volumes (which directly measures demand for shipping, port and ...
Philip Teoh - 27 March 2021
Do not desperate. More employment and workload in legal departments by 2021
--- After the passing of 2020, many legal professionals have imagined what will happen in 2021 A survey conducted by the Association of Corporate Counsel has found that this year will see more hiring in corporate legal departments than last year (up 30%).  It is also expected that there will...
Editor - 28 February 2021
How to prevent corruption in sport in Mexico? Access to the virtual workshop organised by UNODC and SNA
--- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Mexico (UNODC) and the SNA Executive Secretariat will organise the virtual workshop "Safeguarding Sport from Corruption" on 23 and 24 February. This event will be supported by the organisation of the Olympic Games and FIFA Both workshops will be ...
Editor - 23 February 2021 Mexico
A platform for gathering information and boosting efficiency in the legal sector, LegalEye is born
--- It has recently been announced the birth of LegalEye, a platform promoted by Barclays and Legal Advisor, which allows law firms and legal advisors to share work and ideas efficiently, creating interesting synergies between these two areas of the legal sector  So far, six law firms have jo...
Joe Goodman - 05 February 2021
Labour inspection in France: how to act
--- In France, many Spanish companies from diverse sectors, which work with subsidiaries or branches or relocate their workers, are regularly subject to labour inspections Under French law, labour inspection is carried out mainly by the "labour inspection control civil servants", who are members o...
Mélanie Roque Martins, Agustín Tizón Gutiérrez - 03 February 2021 France
The ethics and feasibility of trade mark registrations in the context of South Africa
--- It goes without saying that the statement “I CAN’T BREATHE” stirs up an uproar of emotions worldwide These words, known far and wide, stand to represent the horrors and depths of systemic racism in the world today. On 25 May 2020, these words reshaped the world we live in. Wh...
Jade Courtney - 02 February 2021
Dealing with a relationship breakdown in the wake of a holiday hangover
--- One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic has been the increased pressure placed upon relationships and 2020 saw the biggest percentage rise in divorce rates since 1972 Historically, more people petition for divorce in January than at any other time of the year and this is often attributed to...
Roger Gurney - 25 January 2021
Employment Law Issues Concerning the Corona Vaccine
The introduction of compulsory vaccination for certain occupational groups, such as nursing staff, is currently the subject of controversial debate in Germany. The coronavirus vaccine also raises numerous questions from an employment law perspective.  No compulsory vaccination – that inc...
Inka Müller-Seubert - 19 January 2021 Germany
The proof of foreign law in Spanish court proceedings
In judicial practice, it is increasingly common for a court to find it necessary to apply the law of a State other than the one in which the proceedings are taking place, either because the parties have agreed to do so - usually by including a choice of law clause in a contract - or by applying the ...
Guillermo Bayas Fernández - 16 January 2021
The effects of Brexit on employment law
When the transition period ends on 31st December 2020, the provisions of the withdrawal agreement will have practical implications on employment law.  Continuity of fundamental freedoms Fundamental freedoms will generally continue to apply if they have already been exercised before the transi...
Inka Müller-Seubert - 12 January 2021
If you are a lawyer, you should be aware that judges can be stressed
A survey conducted by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Attorneys' Assistance Programs shows the clear symptoms of depression faced by countless judges in the United States.  This survey has involved over 1,000 judges and was conducted before the arrival of the pandemic. Accord...
Adelie Cordier - 11 January 2021
ABA condemns Capitol assault
After the assault suffered inside the U.S. Capitol (in Washington) thousand of voices within the legal sector condemned this event. The American Bar Association (ABA) published a press release condemning this assault.  “It is criminal conduct. President Donald Trump and all other leade...
Editor - 07 January 2021 United States of America
The 25th Amendment: origin, deadlines and its mechanism
The 25th Amendment has again been pronounced by many international media, but what assumptions does it allow and in what situations can it be applied?  This amendment consists of 4 sections, and describes the course of action in 4 situations:  - In the event of the death of the President...
Joe Goodman - 07 January 2021 United States of America
Survival guide for marketing managers, applicable to legal marketing (1)
The LinkedIn team has published a guide to help marketing managers survive in the new landscape generated by the pandemic crisis. In this sense, this guide can be very useful for those involved in legal marketing.  From this guide, we would like to highlight the first chapter of this guide, wh...
William Brown - 01 January 2021
Will Innovation Be The Silver Lining Of 2020? Harnessing The Current Focus On Innovation
The current global health crisis is going to leave everyone with lasting memories, and for many not the kind we would want. The human impact has been huge and continues to grow. One consequence that is becoming clear is the scale of innovation that is happening in response to the pandemic, and part...
Jay Connolly - 31 December 2020
"Many law firms recognise the need to work smarter"
The Impact Lawyers Magazine had the pleasure to conduct an email interview with James Moore, co-founder and CTO at Flex Legal, an online platform to connect pre vetted law students with law firms and GC for a flexible, on demand service.  1) What is the main goal of Flex Legal? Legal work can...
Álvaro Navarro - 21 December 2020
Similar looking chalk holders found to be chalk and cheese in recent design infringement case
In the recent case of Lanard Toys Limited v Dolgencorp LLC, Ja-Ru Inc. and others, (“the Lanard-case”) the Federal Court in the USA found that two chalk holders, which both resemble a no. 2 pencil, would not cause an ordinary observer to believe that the two chalk holders were the same. ...
Kobus du Raan - 21 December 2020
The method of success of ... DENTONS
1. HOW DOES DENTONS DIFFER FROM OTHER FIRMS? Dentons is the largest law firm in the world. We have 10,500 lawyers in more than 180 offices on all continents. However, our goal is not size per se (you can also say: "our ultimate goal is not to be the biggest," but to use this size to better serve o...
Editor - 17 December 2020
Interview with Andrew Arruda, CEO/Cofounder of ROSS Intelligence: "The facts and the law are on our side" (Part II)
Regarding the latest developments in the dispute between Ross Intelligence and Thompson Reuters, we report the interview that The Impact Lawyers conducted with Ross Intelligence CEO Andrew Arruda: A day after Thomson Reuters and two other Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against ROSS Intelligenc...
Utkarsh Gambhir - 14 December 2020 United States of America
COVID-19: UPDATE ON MASKING PROTOCOL FOR COURTHOUSES
Further to the July 3, 2020, update regarding masking in courthouses, the All Courts Recovery Committee is now strongly recommending that non-medical masks be worn at all times in courtrooms, except when an individual is speaking.   This recommendation follows the recent update from the P...
Editor - 29 November 2020 Canada
The interplay of drug design and patents
The development of novel or blockbuster drug compounds invariably requires an initial search to determine whether target compounds have already been synthesized and are protected by a patent.  Several companies have developed interesting computational software suites that allow for these searc...
Bernard Dippenaar - 27 November 2020
Access to Justice Week 2020: Impacts of the Pandemic
Ontario’s The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) presents the fifth Access to Justice Week (A2J Week) from October 26 to 30. A series of awareness-building programs, held virtually, will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on legal professions, the justice sector, public legal education, me...
Editor - 24 November 2020 Canada
Virtual Witnessing Key Change Advocated for by Ontario Bar Association
Everyone needs a properly drafted and executed will. And now, residents across Ontario have the ability to have their wills and powers of attorney prepared and witnessed virtually and safely. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and communities went into lockdown, trusts and estates lawyers had to fin...
Editor - 24 November 2020 Canada
REAL ESTATE MUTUAL FUND. Renaissance in Owning Realty
The real estate sector is one of the most globally recognised sectors. In India, real estate is the second largest employer after agriculture and is slated to grow at 30 percent over the next decade. The Indian real estate market is expected to touch US$ 180 billion by 2020. The housing sector alon...
Prashanth Ram - 20 November 2020
What happens to the Spanish residence of British citizens post brexit?
Following the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union and, just a few weeks before the end of the transition period agreed until December 31, 2020 for the effective withdrawal, many of its citizens, both residents and non-residents in Spain, are left with doubts about their future in our ...
Judith Ribo - 20 November 2020
The selling of legal services
  Previous note: the source of this article is the book Legal Marketing: from a competent law firm to a competitive one, published by Difusión Jurídica & ISDE Law & Business School.   Sales make the world go around. Sales are what drive the economy and the leading ...
Francesc Domínguez - 17 November 2020
How the legal market has been strengthened in the Baltic region
A large law firm is emerging in the market of the Baltic region with the merger of the law firms Walless (law firm from Lithuania), Derling Primus (from Estonia) and Primus Derling (from Latvia).  These three firms will unite all their lawyers under the name of WALLESS Baltic, which will becom...
Adelie Cordier - 13 November 2020
How Deloitte provided travel for medical professionals in California by donating Southwest Airlines ticket balances
Deloitte is the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals, and one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations. In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the firm donates unused ticket balances on Southwest Airlines to Californian health w...
Editor - 10 November 2020 United States of America
Lawyers in California focus on Privacy Law
California Lawyers Association (“CLA”) has announced the launch of its new formation: the new Privacy Law Section. This section will focus on thought leadership around the legal, regulatory, and business issues involving privacy in the digital age. CLA’s Privacy Law Section will pr...
Editor - 16 October 2020 United States of America
Uncollected Cargo
Shipping moves International Trade and the Global Economy. Apart from raw commodities and bulk cargo, most of the cargo are moved in Shipping Containers. Container Shipment avoids manual handling of the cargo at each stage of the shipment and it has revolutionized Shipping. The Containers are either...
Philip Teoh - 30 September 2020
A new award in defence of equality and justice
Increasingly, law firms are concerned with improving standards of equality and justice in society. In particular, the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) announced the creation of an award to honour those who have fought for justice and equality in the face of racism. This award is not limited ...
Editor - 30 September 2020 United States of America
Are the CLOs really influential within the firms?
The figure of the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of a company is increasing in number and presence in the firms. The Association of Corporate Counsel has published a survey of 1007 respondents from 20 sectors in 47 countries.  This survey summarises the main circumstances of CLOs today: 1- The inf...
Editor - 29 September 2020
What you must know about the Singapore Convention on Mediation
The Singapore Convention on Mediation has entered into force since 12 September 2020. This convention will concern the viability of a multitude of commercial contracts as well as helping to further globalise world economies.  We now set out the most relevant features of this convention:  ...
Editor - 15 September 2020 Singapore
More than 50% of in-house lawyers are confident of keeping their jobs during the pandemic
According to a survey made by The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), 50.9% of the in-house lawyers were “not at all” concerned about losing their job. 26.1% reported being only “a little” concerned. 16.9% are actively looking for new employment. Moreover, 76.5 percent of...
Editor - 05 September 2020
Californa Lawyers Association creates a free online Q&A portal to help people affected by the pandemic
California Lawyers Association (CLA) and Legal Access Alameda announced a new partnership hosting a free online question and answer portal through the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers (FLA) platform. This platform will offer pro bono legal services to Northern Californians affecte...
Editor - 01 September 2020 United States of America
Protecting your brand in South Africa with the help of Customs
Most brand owners go through the process of registering their trademark to obtain proof that they own the brand and importantly to stop others from using it without permission.  The protection of your brand can also take place through copyright, however, it is always recommended to apply for t...
Jadon Wolmarans - 26 August 2020
Statute of limitation under Iranian law
Under Iranian civil law, in principle, there exists no statute of limitation for bringing a claim to the court of law or arbitration. This procedure is in consistence with the directive of Iran Guardian Council of the Constitution, dated February 16, 1983, in which it ruled that imposing a limitatio...
Oveis Rezvanian - 26 August 2020 Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Practicing Law During Coronavirus
COVID-19 has caused a worldwide health pandemic of the sort that has not been experienced in over a century. As of this July, close to 15 million people have tested positive and over 600,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus worldwide. The danger posed by the virus caused entire countries aro...
Jeff Lieser - 25 August 2020
Baker McKenzie informs about the implications of COVID-19 for the future of Dispute Resolution
The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in economic instability and uncertainty, which is likely to result in a growing number of disputes. International law firm Baker McKenzie provides the firm´s view on the types of disputes that will arise from the COVID-19 crisis o...
Editor - 19 August 2020
The Current Regulatory Framework for Whistleblowing
Over the years, relevant secrets have been revealed by employees of international companies. Disclosure of business secrets is an action that is protected by law but each country has its own regulation.  Rebecca Atkinson in her article "Global Whistleblowing - getting it right" explains the re...
Editor - 18 August 2020
“Add To Cart” - Doing business in a Covid-19 World. Business considerations
Establishing your business online helps you reach a larger audience and expand your brand beyond the scope possible through traditional brick and mortar sales channels. Part 1 assisted with legal considerations to bear in mind when starting to lay down the foundation of your online presence. Part 2 ...
Anola Naidoo - 17 August 2020
Wills Made on Video Calls Will Soon Be Possible - But Beware the Pitfalls
In the midst of a pandemic like the one we are experiencing, many people are rethinking their legacy and trying to make a will to avoid further problems. The confinement, the disease, the restrictions on mobility. All these events make this process more and more complicated, so video calls are becom...
Fiona Lawrence - 15 August 2020
Commercial Disputes in the Context of Iran Arbitration Laws
In Iran arbitration laws, there are two positions that the term “commercial disputes” is employed: - First, Article 2(1) Iran Law on International Commercial Arbitration (LICA); and  - Second, the Law on Adhesion of the Islamic Republic of Iran to New York Convention (Law on NYC)....
Oveis Rezvanian, Kamyar S. Oladi - 10 August 2020 Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Beirut Port Tragedy : Law relating to Dangerous Goods - The IMDG Code
The tragedy at Beirut on 5 August 2020 highlights what happens when dangerous chemicals are not stored with care. The explosion, tore through the city and, registering a force as strong as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. Residents claimed that the scenes looked “like an apocalypse,” and that...
Philip Teoh - 06 August 2020
Notable changes to the COVID-19 Guaranteed Loan Scheme for distressed businesses
High on the agenda of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s supplementary budget speech on Wednesday 24 June was the need to support the economy as it gradually reopens as well as to get businesses moving again. Notably, Mboweni announced amendments to the COVID-19 guaranteed loan scheme that was in...
Jeff Buckland, Mahashini Govender, Kate Foster - 29 July 2020 South Africa
Successful webinar broadcasted by The Impact Lawyers: "Personalizing Innovation for Lawyers Today"
The Impact Lawyers broadcasted last Thursday a webinar presented by Lucy Bassli on the following topic: "Personalizing Innovation for Lawyers Today". You can watch the entire video here: Lucy addressed this interesting topic for 45 minutes. This webinar was attended by hundreds of lawyers from diff...
Editor - 27 July 2020
New report published by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility published on July 15 a guidance that covers lawyers’ conduct related to harassment and discrimination. ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 493 outlines how ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) addresses a...
Editor - 26 July 2020
Jones Day has been included again as a leading international arbitration firm by Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 30
Jones Day has been recognized as one of the Worlds leading firms for international arbitration in the 2020 edition of the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 30. The American law firm was included in this ranking for fifth consecutive year. Gar has noted that clients appreciate the work of Jones Day fo...
Editor - 25 July 2020
Lawcare announces a new chair to its board of trustees
LawCare, legal mental health charity, has announced the appointing of a new chair to its board of trustees. In this sense, Andrew Caplen replaces chair Bronwen Still as of this month. Andrew is a Solicitor, Notary Public and a former President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2014/2015), Ch...
Editor - 24 July 2020
Public Consultation launched on the future approach for the European Union´s Arctic policy
A public consultation on the way forward for the European Union´s Arctic policy was launched on the 20th of July by the European Commission and the European External Action Service, enabling the reflection about it in face of new challenges and opportunities, for example the ambitions of the E...
Editor - 23 July 2020
Cuatrecasas counsels Partners Group on 2020´s largest transaction in Portugal´s agro-industrial sector
On the 18th of July 2020, Cuatrecasas announced that they have counselled The Partners Group on the acquisition of Rovensa, with an enterprise value of around 1 billion euros, making it the largest transaction of the year in the agro-industrial sector in Portugal.  The deal was closed at a dif...
Editor - 20 July 2020 Portugal
New Cybersecurity Review Measures approved by the Chinese Government
The Government of the People's Republic of China has approved new cybersecurity measures for enterprises in China. These new measures for reviewing China's cybersecurity will come into effect on 1 June 2020. One of the fundamental principles of China's cybersecurity law is that the purchase of netw...
Editor - 19 July 2020 China
Silvia Hodges Silverstein: "The involvement of procurement changes the nature of the firm/client relationship"
Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Chief Executive Officer at Buying Legal Council, an international trade organization for professionals, responds to The Impact Lawyers´ questions about Buying Legal Council. What is the main purpose of Buying Legal Council?  The Buying Legal Council is the int...
Álvaro Navarro - 17 July 2020
How British government is trying to recover the normality of its courts and tribunals?
The UK government has announced that it will take steps to ensure that COVID-19 protection measures are in place within the judicial facilities of courts and tribunals throughout the country.  The UK Minister of Justice has assured that they will work to install all the facilities necessary to...
Editor - 02 July 2020 United Kingdom
How Thomson Reuters sued Ross Intelligence for theft of Propriety Data from Westlaw (Part I)
The US company Thomson Reuters, together with Centre GMBH and West Publishing Corporation, has filed a lawsuit against Ross Intelligence Inc. claiming that it has stolen and copied legal content stored on Westlaw, Thomson Reuters' legal search engine. Within the complaint (attached), filed on 6 May...
Álvaro Navarro - 01 July 2020 United States of America
Key elements of the EU White Paper on Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developing fast, and gaining more and more importance in our daily lives. It is already changing our lifestyle in some ways, and will do so even more in the future. Even though AI in general is only at its inception phase, it already has an increasing impact in some f...
Christine Fuessel - 01 July 2020
No compensation when a flight is cancelled due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has hit the air carriers particularly hard due to the containment measures of the public authorities, such as travel restrictions, lockdowns, and quarantine zones. The EU Commission has, therefore, issued an interpretative guideline to help with the interpretation of regulation...
Johanne Hansted, Ulla Fabricius, Anders Worsøe - 26 June 2020
Latham & Watkins launches Virtual Experience Program to test and train your legal skills
The recognized firm Latham & Watkins has launched a virtual program where attorneys and legal practitioners could gain experience working on simulated legal tasks. This program has been developed by InsideSherpa. This initiative was developed without the COVID-19 crisis in mind. This Virtual Ex...
Editor - 25 June 2020
ECIJA lands in Brazil and Ecuador, consolidating its position as the largest Spanish firm in Latin America
With this move, ECIJA has now 119 members and over 600 professionals, with a presence in 15 countries and 26 offices Just five months after its entry in Mexico, ECIJA continues its ambitious expansion strategy in Latin America, now with the integration of the Brazilian firm CTA and the Ecuadorian f...
Editor - 24 June 2020
Coronavirus – is it force majeure?
Generally, force majeure is defined as an external and unexpected event which cannot be averted, and which prevent a contracting party from fulfilling its contractual obligations. The question is whether the coronavirus is force majeure – and what it means to the world of transport?  WHA...
Christian Schaap, Ulla Fabricius - 19 June 2020 Denmark
Special measures of the Mexican government with respect to COVID-19
Although different industry chambers and organizations have been requesting different incentives from the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and from the Mexican Tax Administration Service (jointly referred to as the "Tax Authority") in light of the challenges posted by the COVID-19 pande...
Juan Carlos Vallés-Zavala, Luis Carbajo - 18 June 2020 Mexico
International law firm Cleary Gottlieb has been named 2020 IFLR Americas Law Firm of the Year once again
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a renowned white shoe law firm that is headquartered in New York City, USA. The international law firm has offices in a great number of countries all around the world, including various locations in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East...
Editor - 18 June 2020
Law of the Sea disputes now in Singapore
Since last week Law of the Sea disputes can be heard in Singapore regarding the agreement signed by Singapore's Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam and President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Paik Jin-Hyun. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea h...
Editor - 18 June 2020 Singapore
Lex Machina explains how COVID-19 pandemic has affected US federal district litigation through a new App
The renowned company Lex Machina has launched a new COVID-19 Impact Analyzer App (called "COVID App") on Tuesday to provide lawyers with analysis and information to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected judicial activity in the federal districts of the United States.  Specifically,...
Álvaro Navarro - 17 June 2020 United States of America
UnitedLex acquires Paul Hastings´ Data Science team and AI-driven technology services group
As announced in a press release of the technology and legal services company UnitedLex on the 11th of June, 2020, they advance a suite of digital offerings with the acquisition of Paul Hastings´ multi award-winning Data Science, Analysis, and Investigations (DSAI) team and its AI-empowered tec...
Editor - 17 June 2020
Chambers acquires online legal directory service Top 3 Legal
International legal research Chambers and Partners (Chambers) has announced its acquisition of Top 3 Legal, founded in 2017. “The combination of Chambers and Top 3 Legal will create the de facto source of research and analysis for corporates in choosing legal advice and representation”,...
Editor - 16 June 2020
Seven in 10 Americans want the Supreme Court to continue to broadcast live-audio oral arguments after COVID-19
At the onset of the pandemic, the United States Supreme Court adopted transparency measures such as broadcasting lauded live-audio clips of oral arguments. These measures have been a revolution for American justice, and 70 percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by PSB support the c...
Editor - 13 June 2020 United States of America
Proposal of the Council of the ABA to change its rules in order to allow more flexibility for fall academic year in law schools
As announced on the website of the American Bar Association on June 1st, 2020, the section´s council, which serves as an independent arm of the ABA, is moving to expand flexibility regarding the decision in which form the nation´s 200 ABA-approved law schools will be able to offer classe...
Editor - 11 June 2020 United States of America
Herbert Smith Freehills advises on global transaction of CIP Capital and People 2.0
International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills announces that they advised New York-based CIP Capital on the acquisition of Entity Solutions Group (“ESG”) by one of its portfolio investments, People 2.0 Global LLC (“People 2.0”), a global tech-enabled workforce deployment pla...
Editor - 08 June 2020 United States of America
How New South Wales (Australia) courts are resuming their activity
Australia Judicial System is trying to reopen their courts. New South Wales Supreme Court has resumed face-to-face civil hearings on 1 June 2020 and will be resumed criminal jury trials from 29 June 2020. "For the first time in living memory, personal appearances were essentially banned in our cour...
Editor - 03 June 2020 Australia
COVID-19. Dealing with Global Pandemic
Effective from March 25, 2020, a national lock-down has been imposed in India across the country for a period of 21 days. For the duration of the lock-down, all commercial and industrial establishments across sectors are to be closed except some exceptions as imposed by the Government...
Prashanth Ram - 31 May 2020 India
A group of lawyers has published a complaint form to denounce the U.S. authorities based on all the inconsistencies and errors of the World Health Organization and other institutions
A group of U.S. lawyers has published on the SSBAmerica.com website a complaint form to denounce the U.S. authorities based on all the inconsistencies and errors of the World Health Organization and the health team advising the president of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...
Álvaro Navarro - 29 May 2020
Interview with Chrissie Lightfoot, CEO and founder of Robot Lawyer LISA
Christine Fuessel, editor of The Impact Lawyers Magazine, had the pleasure to conduct a phone interview with Chrissie Lightfoot. Chrissie is a prominent international legal figure, being a qualified solicitor (now non-practising) and an inspirational global award winning entrepreneur. She is also kn...
Christine Fuessel - 26 May 2020
Several Governments are trying to gradually reopen airspace routes. Australia is a good example of this
Once some countries believe they have stabilized the spread of COVID-19, they are planning to reopen their borders for air travel progressively. In this regard, China and South Korea have agreed to create a controlled corridor between Seoul and 10 Chinese regions, including Shanghai. Also, Estonia, ...
Editor - 21 May 2020
New Art Award partnership for Clyde & Co with mental health charity Perspective Project
On the 18th of May 2020, international law firm Clyde & Co has announced a new partnership for its annual Art Award programme in the UK that is part of the firm´s global corporate responsibility work. The new Art Award partner is Perspective Project, a charity which approaches mental healt...
Christine Fuessel - 18 May 2020
Adam Eastell joins Baker McKenzie´s Corporate team in London
With the hire of Adam Eastell, the leading global law firm Baker McKenzie continues the rapid growth of its London transactional practice. Adam Eastell is a prominent corporate and M&A lawyer, who joins the corporate team in London from Eigen Technologies, and prior to that was a Partner at Slau...
Editor - 18 May 2020
USPTO petition decision: Inventorship in the US is limited to natural persons, meaning that AI systems cannot legally invent – at least for now
On the 27th of April, 2020, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a petition decision which states that it is not legal that Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are listed or credited as an inventor in a US patent application. Under current law, only natural persons may be named as i...
Christine Fuessel - 13 May 2020
Mayer Brown expands projects group with double partner hire in London
Mayer Brown today announced that two projects lawyers, Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale, have been recruited as partners in the firm's global Banking & Finance practice in London. Both lawyers will join the firm from White & Case.  "The recruitment of Kirsti and Meredith marks an i...
Editor - 11 February 2020
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