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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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Holiday crash claim

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Cleary Gottlieb appoints

US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has appointed London-based capital markets associate Ashar Qureshi as a partner .Litigation partner Matthew Slater has rejoined the firm’s Washington DC office, after serving four years as assistant general counsel of the US Air Force.

Plans to reward lawyers for rural work

The government could pay lawyers bonuses to work in remote areas under the new contract scheme, said Geoff Hoon, Minister of State at the LCD. Hoon told The Lawyer that the system of only using lawyers contracted to the new Legal Services Commission, introduced in the Access to Justice Bill, would give the Government the […]

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Our idea of a holiday is taking a long weekend in any European city and visiting the art exhibitions.” Lord Irvine explains to readers of The Sun that really, he’s just like them.

Case for defence falls victim to bottom line

One of the few tangible benefits of British colonialism was that it bequeathed the countries that later became the Commonwealth a strong and independent justice system. So it is ironic that the British Government is now moving to dismantle one of its key elements: the right of defendants to fair, independent representation. The introduction of […]

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