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UK investment in battery production: Staying ‘positive’

Over the course of this decade, electric vehicles look set to overtake petrol and diesel in terms of new vehicle sales. At least, this is the intention under the government’s Ten Point Plan – announced at the back end of 2020. But, with the UK “lagging behind” in battery production, is this (a) realistic, and (b) sustainable? […]


Recent developments, including significantly increased funding under the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive and Commercial Vehicle Pilots Program announced January 13, 2021, are accelerating the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their associated infrastructure in British Columbia (BC). While many provincial governments are now assisting their EV industries, government support is particularly prominent in BC, which has become a leading […]

Semi-conductor shortage hits carmakers: Have you had your chips?

A lack of computer chips is reportedly continuing to disrupt the production of new cars.  According to recent media reports, Toyota has shut down production lines in China, Fiat Chrysler has temporarily stopped production at plants in Ontario and Mexico, and Ford has said that it is idling production in the US and Germany because […]

Covid and the justice system

For the last year it has been the NHS and schools which have taken the headlines of the pandemic – and quite rightly so, these are the brave souls who are dealing with this mess head on. However the justice system has had little attention paid to it until very recently. A number of recent […]


Relatively easy cross border enforcement of court judgments has been a quiet success of the EU. Now that we have the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement we are able to report on how governing law, jurisdiction and enforcement of court judgments works post-Brexit between the UK and EU. Although hailed (by both sides) as a […]


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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]


The curious incident of the lawyers who didn’t argue

On 13 October, I published a short piece on the Legal Feminist blog entitled I’d like to have an argument, please. It was an invitation to any practising or academic lawyer who disagrees with my “gender critical” stance on the interaction of trans rights and women’s rights to enter into a relaxed and mutually respectful […]

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