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Energy from waste sites: can you adjudicate?

Power generation sites have long created an issue for adjudications. Section 105(2)(c) of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the ‘Construction Act’) provides a partial exclusion from its terms, including the right to adjudicate, where a site’s primary activity is power generation. Many sites, however, do more than just generate power. How do you work out a site’s primary activity?

Three steps forward for Scottish hospitality industry

Thursday 2 July 2020 brought a number of announcements of real interest and importance to the Scottish hospitality industry, and three standout. First, confirmation that outdoor hospitality spaces such as beer gardens and pavement cafes, can open as planned from Monday 6 July (subject to licensing). Second, an indication that on entering phase 3 of […]

National hydrogen strategy

The approval of EN‑H2 comes about in the context of the objectives of decarbonisation of the economy and of energy transition that have been assumed by the Portuguese Government. The main objective of EN‑H2 is the gradual introduction of hydrogen into the energy sector and other sectors of the economy. Therefore, the measures now proposed are intended to boost the production, storage and consumption of hydrogen.

Sustainable finance: Taxonomy regulation

The establishment of this unified classification system for environmentally sustainable activities will allow investors to redirect their investments towards more sustainable technologies and businesses.


Unison joins pensions mis-selling war

Bristol-based practice Ringrose Wharton is to pursue personal pensions mis-selling claims on behalf of 150 members of Unison, the UK’s largest trade union. The additional work means Ringrose is investigating about 450 potential actions, including claims from members from two other trade unions, the Royal College of Nursing and GMB. Shacklocks in Mansfield, Girlings in […]

Litigation Writs 10/12/96

Administrators of the estate of a Nottingham woman who died from an asbestos-related disease said to have been caused by a gas mask are suing Boots. Agnes Bakewell died on 13 June 1988 from mesothelioma. The writ issued by administrators of her estate claims her death resulted from the negligent manufacture and testing of gas […]

German trio merges to create latest premier league player

The tripartite merger of three medium-sized German law firms in the New Year will add a new name to the country’s super league of corporate legal practices. The new 150-lawyer firm, Hasche Eschenlohr Peltzer Riesenkampff Fischotter, will be created from the merger of Hasche & Eschenlohr, Peltzer & Riesenkampff and Fischotter Micheli & Partner. The […]

Practice management. A 10-step trip to failure

The current euphoria in law firm circles is being caused by a much higher demand for legal services than was projected a year ago. Unfortunately, the success of most firms may cause a return to the sort of management and decision-making that caused many of the problems firms have been struggling to overcome during the […]

In brief: John Cunliffe retires to join academia

Leading pensions lawyer John Cunliffe, who is head of employee benefits at McKenna & Co, is to retire next June and is considering taking up a lecturing job overseas. He said: “I will be 62 by next June, McKennas’ official retirement age. That is quite old for a City lawyer.” Cunliffe said he was looking […]

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