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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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When I joined Seven Bedford Row 25 years ago, I knew exactly how many female tenants there were. That I no longer have the figure at my fingertips suggests that times have changed. There are 22 women tenants out of a total of 78. The ratio of women to men at 25 years’ call and […]

3 Verulam bags DWS arbitration head

Commercial set 3 Verulam Buildings has snared the head of arbitration from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). DWS senior lawyer Sophie Nappert, who is a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Canada, will leave DWS after seven years at the firm. She headed the DWS arbitration group since 2003. Chambers head Christopher Symons QC said: “Sophie has […]

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