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Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

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Freshfields’ and Clifford Chance’s Milan offices are fighting head to head in the battle to take over Italy’s third largest insurance company. Until recently Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni SpA (INA) was in friendly merger talks with Turin-based banking group San Paolo, represented by Clifford Chance. However, Italy’s largest insurance company Assicurazioni Generali, advised by Freshfields, […]

In brief: Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co has poached City banking litigator Tom Price from Macfarlanes. Price joins the Birmingham firm’s banking and financial sector as an associate and will continue to act for “a major UK financial institution”.

Quote of the week

“I will personally give a bottle of champagne to anyone who can tell me how a driver can proceed with his feet up in the cab and still be in control of the train. It is a ridiculous suggestion.” – Anthony Scrivener QC, who is representing driver Larry Harrison (who denies driving with his feet […]

Making virtual legislation into a reality

Fancy a Sony Nicam TV for £3? Well, you’re too late, at least if you want to buy one from a legitimate source, like Argos. Just a couple of weeks ago, Argos, the famous retailer, found itself on the raw end of the e-commerce revolution when thousands of people purchased TV sets from its website […]

£1m-a-year QC defects to rival set

David Oliver QC, one of the “million-pound-a-year club” barristers, is leaving 13 Old Square to join premier company set Erskine Chambers. Oliver, who has been a tenant at 13 Old Square – where his father also practised – throughout his career will join Erskine Chambers on 1 October. The loss of Oliver will be a […]

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