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The Chairman’s Corner – A Message From the Chairman

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Welcome to the Chairman’s report which, by reader demand, now will be a regular feature of Soundbyte. Since the last edition, LEI has gained two new members: Net Craman from Barcelona, Spain and Mulla & Mulla from Mumbai, India. Both firms attended the Dublin Conference as observers and gave very impressive presentations. The members were unanimous in the view that Read More

The Arbitrator’s New Clothes

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If privacy matters in arbitration, how do we preserve it? In 1994 Australia’s High Court[ii] differed from the UK Courts in finding that at common law there was no implied obligation of confidentiality in an arbitration agreement. When Australia’s arbitration legislation was amended six years later Australia went from having no common law position on confidentiality to having what may Read More

Case study: Significant litigation success for our client defending a commercial claim

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John Bett, Partner in our Commercial Disputes and Litigation team explains how our litigation experts successfully secured a six-figure sum for our client in a rare motion for an interim payment to account of an award of expenses. There is no denying that litigation can, at times, be a costly and time-consuming exercise. In raising proceedings, the pursuers (claimants) at least Read More

How New York State Is Making Energy Storage A Priority

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Law360, New York (August 3, 2017, 11:19 AM EDT) -- Notwithstanding New York’s aggressive efforts to lead the way in renewable energy and carbon  reduction, its programs have been relatively anemic when it comes to encouraging energy storage. In 2015, New York launched the NY-Sun Commercial / Industrial Incentive Program, which offered performance-based incentives for large-scale solar photovoltaic systems, and Read More

Top 5 Ways for Founder Groups to Work Effectively with Counsel

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Pick a Lead Singer It can be frustrating with so many personalities and opinions to have one voice to communicate for the company. Choosing one of the founders to handle the communications between the founder group and your lawyer can make it easier to focus on clear and concise messages and easier for your lawyer to understand and address the Read More

10 Tips Hutchlaw Attorneys Tell Their Clients

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We asked our attorneys for one tip they would give a client. Here is what some of them had to say: Equity is the lifeblood of a startup company. Talk to a lawyer before promising equity to anyone. You should understand its different forms and the legal process for issuing equity. (Jeremy) Continuously ask yourself, how does this help get Read More

The Legal Landmines of Prevailing Wage Laws in the Construction Industry

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When launching a significant construction project, each stakeholder’s senior management likely is focused on securing the highest quality contractors, labor and materials, while adhering to an ambitious schedule and budget. In many aspects of private and public works construction, ensuring compliance with complex prevailing wage laws are likely not front of mind. A look at California’s prevailing wage law and Read More

5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid in Any M&A Deal

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Having worked on hundreds of merger and acquisition deals over the last few decades, I’ve found two things to be true: 1) Each deal is unique in its own way; 2) There are a few mistakes CEOs often make that complicate deals and harm their own self-interest. Allow me to outline five actions CEOs approaching a merger, acquisition, sale or Read More

The Legal Challenges of Sexual Harassment in the Modern Workplace

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It seems you can’t open a newspaper or watch a television news show today without seeing coverage of a sexual harassment case. At Procopio, we’ve assisted many employers who have faced employee complaints of sexual harassment. Fortunately, there are many steps an employer can take to navigate such situations to both comply with the law and improve employee relations. But Read More

DUTCH COURTS GO DIGITAL

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On 1 September 2017 new (KEI) legislation entered into force in the Netherlands, which consists of a complete overhaul of the way legal proceedings take place in the Netherlands. From 1 September 2017 litigation and legal proceedings will only take place in a digital form through a web application (mijnrechtspraak.nl) for every claim of € 25.000 or more. Every attorney Read More