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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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As the political temperature increases in the run-up to spring’s general election, it will be interesting to see what happens to legal aid, its funding and development. The Government’s agenda was set out in the recent white paper. It includes radical changes in the delivery of the service, making it more structured and involving larger […]

Spare us the sermons

Losing an election I can take in my stride but please spare me the regular sermons from Tony Holland. Although I normally disagree with virtually everything he says I have resisted the urge to respond, but one of his recent columns contained two statements which are such fine examples of Law Society-speak that I can’t […]

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/09/96

Emmanuel Chukwubiko Abaraonye, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Stuart A West & Co, London EC1, struck off and ordered to pay £2,512 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised despite notice having been given to him that the Law Society’s powers of intervention had been exercised in respect of his practice, failed to ensure that […]

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