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European Court of Justice decision is no help for the expansion of renewables

The European Union is committed to the fight against climate change (European Green Deal). One of the pillars in this fight is the expansion of renewable energy sources. According to the current goals, the share of renewable energy sources within the Union should increase to 32% by 2030. In practice, however, the expansion of renewable energy is increasingly being slowed down by the interpretation of EU nature conservation regulations by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Also, the latest decision of the ECJ is no “boost” for renewables.

Focus on COP26: Jargon Buster

It is only seven months until the eyes of the world fall on Glasgow as it hosts COP26. The conference comes with some terminology which might be unfamiliar. This article is designed to bring you quickly up to speed with the words and phrases you’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming months.

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Study of 50 International legal practices reveals law firms trail industry; Skadden Arps tipped for future domination `And despite their elite reputations, Slaughter and May and Cravath Swaine & Moore are singled out.`The report says: “We believe that they will face growing pressure for geographic expansion to maintain world-class capabilities in their specialities and to […]

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Some might say that Norton Rose has a problem with its image. You may be wondering why its logo looks like an embroidered egg – or is it a bridge table? – and your confusion is understandable as it is only on closer inspection that you will be able to decipher the letters pertaining to […]

A&O raises Hong Kong profile with £1bn Swire Pacific deal

The Hong Kong office of Allen & Overy (A&O) advised joint arrangers HSBC and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on the establishment of a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) medium term note programme for Swire Pacific.`Although the firm is already a market leader in the medium term note programme, it is trying to develop its relationship with Hong Kong […]

Tired of London

Last month, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone unveiled a planning blueprint for London over the next two decades. One commentator snappily dubbed the former leader of the Greater London Council’s (GLC) vision ‘the skyscraper manifesto’.`Hyperbole aside, there is much to keep developers and planning professionals smiling in ‘Towards the London Plan’. Kate Hall, chairman of […]

CC Brussels launches tax practice with PwC team

Clifford Chance is launching a tax practice from its Brussels office with the hire of a partner and team from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Belgium. `Thierry Blockerye is expected to join Clifford Chance this month and will set up and head the new tax practice. A spokesperson for Clifford Chance said it is not yet known […]

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