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Merger control: Guidance paper on new transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

In the second half of 2017 both Austria and Germany introduced transaction value based thresholds as alternatives to purely turnover based thresholds that trigger the obligation to obtain merger control approval. The Austrian test pursuant to section 9 (4) Austrian Cartel Act (“ACA”) requires, amongst others, the consideration for a transaction to exceed EUR 200 […]

Danube port legislation: building a bridge across various jurisdictions

The Danube is the longest river in Central Europe, and thus has significant economic potential. However, the full potential of the Danube as a major transport route has not yet been exploited. A reason for this is the fact that the Danube crosses ten countries, and there are, as a result, ten different applicable port […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – July 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent Chair appointed to lead independent review into planning appeal inquiries Registered Social Landlords Bill gains Royal Assent Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing New powers […]

Industrial strategy: government proposals to use IP to stimulate innovation

By Jo Pritchard The government has recently published the outcome of its consultation on maximising the incentives of the IP (intellectual property) system to stimulate collaborative innovation and licensing opportunities. The call for views was one of a number of initiatives on IP announced by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy in November 2017.   Views […]

Express duty of good faith: rescuing drafting deficiencies

By Susan Honeyands The High Court has recently held that an obligation to act in good faith was breached when a company managing referrals to physiotherapy clinics used the other party’s information to set up a rival business. The case is interesting because the express good faith clause rescued other drafting deficiencies, in particular, the […]

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New CBA directory planned

John Malpas reports PLANS to publish a directory of specialist criminal barristers have been unveiled by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA). The association, which has more than 2,000 members, hopes to publish its new directory at the beginning of next year. The directory will contain details of all the association’s members as well as sets […]

Doctor in the dock

A Somerset woman who claims she suffered a stroke as a result of taking the contraceptive pill, is suing her GP. Philippa Brand will seek a High Court damages from Dr James Buckle of South Petherton, Somerset. She claims she should not have been prescribed the pill because she was 38, overweight, a heavy smoker […]

Ready for change

Barristers practising in the field of family Law may be forgiven for thinking they have become insufficiently appreciated over the last year, wondering if the family Bar might go the way of the defended divorce. For over two decades, the family Bar has flourished. The scarcely justifiable clockwork routine work of undefendeds at £12.50 for […]

Wine and dine MPs, says Law Society

Solicitors are being encouraged to take their local MPs out to lunch as part of an initiative to turn lawyers into successful parliamentary lobbyists. Addressing a mini conference “Getting the best out of Government”, organised by the South West regional office of the Law Society, Chris Philipsborn, the Law Society’s parliamentary officer, said effective local […]

Charles Marquand looks at how regulation 30 aids Crest users.

Charles Marquand is a barrister at 3 New Square. Crest, the paperless securities settlements system, went live on 15 July. The system allows shareholders to transfer shares electronically rather than having to use paper transfer forms and certificates. Parties to a bargain can now send “dematerialised instructions” to the “operator” who, in turn, sends an […]

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