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On October 15, the Ontario Government announced a new programme for unsolicited proposals (USPs) for infrastructure projects. The purpose of the programme is to allow private sector entities to approach the province with innovative ideas to improve public infrastructure and related services. Similar initiatives have been implemented in Nova Scotia, Toronto, the UK, the US, […]

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The revised Gender Equality Act will enter into force on 1 July 2020. In essence, it obliges employers with at least 100 employees to conduct an internal wage equality analysis, have it reviewed by an external body and inform in writing about the results thereof. The first wage equality analyses must be conducted by 30 […]

Minimum energy efficiency standards – will a B rating be required by 2030?

The government has announced that by 2030 it may be unlawful to continue to let a non-domestic property with an EPC rating of below B. This announcement comes as part of the government’s package of measures to reduce carbon emissions. What will change? Since 1 April 2018, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and […]

Electric filling station: no operation of an electricity company – Austria

In its decision of 18 September 2019, the Austrian Higher Administrative Court found that the operation of an electric filling station does not constitute the operation of an electricity company and is thus subject to the rules of the Austrian Trade Act (GewO). Applicability of the GewO In general, the GewO applies to commercial activities […]

Serbia: Leniency leads to the discovery of a bid rigging cartel in office supplies

The Serbian Competition Commission recently fined eight wholesalers of office supplies a total of around €510,000 for bid rigging in public procurement and other tenders. The Commission established that the companies coordinated the terms of their offers following a leniency application by an unidentified whistleblower. The company in question was relieved from any sanctions. The […]

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Linklaters has announced its partner promotions for 2019, with 11 lawyers elevated in London. Overall, 33 lawyers have been made partner worldwide, the highest number since before the recession. The magic circle firm promoted 38 lawyers in 2007. The associates made up in London are corporate lawyers Derek Tong, Tom Thorne and Charles Turner; John […]

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