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Ontario: new unsolicited proposals framework for infrastructure projects

On October 15, the Ontario Government announced a new programme for unsolicited proposals (USPs) for infrastructure projects. The purpose of the programme is to allow private sector entities to approach the province with innovative ideas to improve public infrastructure and related services. Similar initiatives have been implemented in Nova Scotia, Toronto, the UK, the US, […]

Revised Federal Act on Gender Equality: Swiss Wage Equality Analysis

The revised Gender Equality Act will enter into force on 1 July 2020. In essence, it obliges employers with at least 100 employees to conduct an internal wage equality analysis, have it reviewed by an external body and inform in writing about the results thereof. The first wage equality analyses must be conducted by 30 […]

Minimum energy efficiency standards – will a B rating be required by 2030?

The government has announced that by 2030 it may be unlawful to continue to let a non-domestic property with an EPC rating of below B. This announcement comes as part of the government’s package of measures to reduce carbon emissions. What will change? Since 1 April 2018, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and […]

Electric filling station: no operation of an electricity company – Austria

In its decision of 18 September 2019, the Austrian Higher Administrative Court found that the operation of an electric filling station does not constitute the operation of an electricity company and is thus subject to the rules of the Austrian Trade Act (GewO). Applicability of the GewO In general, the GewO applies to commercial activities […]

Serbia: Leniency leads to the discovery of a bid rigging cartel in office supplies

The Serbian Competition Commission recently fined eight wholesalers of office supplies a total of around €510,000 for bid rigging in public procurement and other tenders. The Commission established that the companies coordinated the terms of their offers following a leniency application by an unidentified whistleblower. The company in question was relieved from any sanctions. The […]

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City firms cast a net in Spain

After several firms announced they are merging with Spanish firms at the International Bar Association conference, Elizabeth Davidson looks at the booming Spanish market and discovers which firms have their eye on it. Last week Spain played host to thousands of the world’s top lawyers. The International Bar Association conference, Business Law International, featured 600 […]

Scuffle of the week

Jack Straw v the judiciary. Straw is ordering the UK’s 3,000 judges back to school to learn about the European Convention on Human Rights – to the irritation of many senior members of the judiciary who resent government interference in their jobs. Straw is concerned about the increasing number of European Court decisions which are […]

Litigation Personal Injury 11/10/99

William Barker v Cape Plc (1999) Mayor’s & City of London County Court (HH Judge Gibson) 24 September 1999 Claimant: Male, 20-29 years old at date of asbestos exposure; 65 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was employed by the defendant company as a lagger. He was exposed to asbestos between 1954 […]

Litigation Litigator's View 11/10/99

Edward Mackereth on the new Civil Procedure Rules for costs. Edward Mackereth is a solicitor in the litigation department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) have introduced two new ways that successful litigants can recover some costs without waiting for a detailed assessment. The first procedure, Rule 44.3(8), can be employed […]

Lord Irvine appoints to Law Commission

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has appointed a judge and a university professor to the Law Commission. Judge Alan Wilkie QC, who is based at Luton Crown Court, and Professor Hugh Beale from the University of Warwick will join the body as of 1 January 2000. The Law Commission consists of a chairman and four […]

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