Decree-Law no. 81/2018, of 15 October has been published and it implements a set of extraordinary measures to clear backlogs in the administrative and tax courts. At the same time, it creates teams of judges whose mission is to deal with cases awaiting a final decision in the administrative and tax courts that were filed […]
Presidential Decree no. 240/18 of 12 October (the “Regulation”) was published recently and further develops the framework of Law no. 5/18 of 10 May – the Competition Law. The Regulation clarifies and put into effect certain rules and procedures in the context of competition law. In particular, they address the rules on restrictive practices, merger […]
Announced in 2016 (following the 2016 Web Summit) and formally approved in 2017 (right before the 2017 Web Summit), the 200m Co-investment Fund (the «Fund») was set to increase the availability of equity and quasi-equity financial instruments to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It focuses on startups and follows a logic of co-investment with private […]
By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018. The Act delivers on the […]
By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.
By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]
By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]
By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval. It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]
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Taylor Wessing’s former managing partner Tim Eyles has joined consulting group Parker Fitzgerald as its chairman, marking his first official role since leaving the law. As part of his role, Eyles will be tasked with overseeing the international growth strategy and financial performance of the consulting group, tapping into his longtime leadership experience in the legal […]
Latham & Watkins has joined Ashurst in the buy-out of the i newspaper owner Johnston Press, securing the future of the multimedia publisher. The company, which has 200 titles under its belt and is one of the UK’s biggest employers of journalists, turned to Ashurst in October, when it put itself up for sale, riddled […]
Dentons‘ global management duo – chairman Joe Andrew and CEO Elliott Portnoy – have been re-elected for another three-year tenure at the helm of the firm. The duo, who have led the firm for five years already, stood unopposed during the process. They took over the reins in 2013 after the merger of European firm Salans […]
A team of 10 real estate lawyers from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang are defecting to City outfit Fladgate in one of the biggest team moves out of the firm since its merger. It was revealed last month that ex-Olswang partners Simon Kanter and Alan Karsberg were to join Fladgate, though it has now emerged […]
Shoosmiths has guided salon chain Regis through its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in the eighth retail restructuring deal that the firm has done in a year. Regis, which owns the hairdresser Supercuts brand, lined up the CVA in October in order to cut its rents after being hit by lower footfall, the apprenticeship levy and higher pension […]
Pennon Group, the water utility and waste management company, is seeking a new general counsel following the departure of its current GC and company secretary. Helen Barrett-Hague leaves Pennon after just two years. Before starting at the FTSE 250 company, she was GC at chemicals group Alent, and prior to this she served as group legal counsel […]