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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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Homing in on home working

Home working is now more popular, and freelance lawyers are a flexible option. By James Knight In January this year, a ‘You Work’ survey reported that 34 per cent of executives now work at least part of the time at home. Respondents to the survey cited email technology and generally woeful public transport systems as […]

A&O banking hawks attack corporate over £10m losses

Corporate told to produce strategy by December after ‘ten years of failure’; banking group seeks M&A cull The banking department at Allen & Overy (A&O) has issued an ultimatum to its corporate colleagues to get their house in order after the London corporate group recorded a net loss of some £10m in the last financial […]

New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

Battle Lines Drawn at A&O

Allen & Overy (A&O) banking lawyers sound like they’ve had enough. They’re not exactly about to declare UDI, but the level of frustration is palpable. After three years where they hoovered up the fees on Marconi and Drax, and where the global loans group alone consistently produced profits three and a half times those of […]

RFU signs up Farrers sports star

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has recruited Karena Vleck from Farrer & Co as the organisation’s new in-house lawyer and company secretary. The RFU role became vacant when former head John Hall moved to the Football Association (FA). Vleck was head of the sports department at Farrers. She has been replaced by the firm’s senior […]

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