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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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In brief: Linklaters snaps up Herbert Smith lawyer

Herbert Smith corporate banking partner Richard Hughes is to leave the firm to join Linklaters. Hughes would not comment on the move, but it is understood that he is negotiating to reduce his 12-month notice period.

In brief: Wynnes swallows up Brighton practice

Twenty-one partner East Sussex firm Wynne Baxter Godfree has taken over the niche two-partner Brighton medical negligence practice Selwood Leathes Hooper. As part of the deal, Selwoods’ former senior partner Martin Costin will manage Wynnes’ Brighton office, which will be known as Wynne Baxter Godfree and Selwood Leathes Hooper.

In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lord Irvine on court fees

The Law Society has urged the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to rethink the government’s court fees policy. In a paper it has sent to him, it argues that the policy of recovering all the costs of running the civil courts from litigants is wrong. It says payment of court fees should be waived in public […]

Scots set up London Property centre

Scottish solicitors are looking for a conspicuous location in London’s West End for their first English property shop, which is due to open in summer 1998. The London Property Shop (LPS) will be modelled on the successful Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre (ESPC), which acts as a property display centre and has captured more than 90 […]

Garretts' head of IT leaves to set up his own practice

Garretts’ head of IP/IT, Richard Kemp, is leaving the firm at the end of this month to set up his own practice. Kemp, one of London’s top information technology lawyers, only joined five-year-old Garretts in July 1995 from Hammond Suddards. In that time he has recruited about 10 IT/IP lawyers and built up billings of […]

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