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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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London lawyers are tied up dealing with litigation arising from the 34-day war between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, over a month after fighting ended. The conflict produced a morass of trade and shipping disputes, mainly over the delays caused to cargo after ships were blockaded and prevented from reaching their Middle Eastern […]

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The Midlands’ legal market is hotting up. As Birmingham attracts ever-increasing outside investment, such as MGM Mirage’s regional casino development with the National Exhibition Centre, law firms are competing both for mandates and talent. Some Birmingham firms have responded well to the pressure. Wragge & Co’s profit per equity partner jumped by 28.7 per cent […]

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Lawyers have a reputation for being cautious people. But Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) took a stand against this stereotype with its now legendary advertising campaign in May. The full-page BLG ad named 250 corporate counsel and their companies. As a result, last week the Advertising Standards Association upheld a formal complaint against BLG made […]

Banks set to thrash out transparency on billing

ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are looking at radical plans to ditch traditional billing methods in a bid to make more savings on the amount spent on their law firm panels. Part of the process will include access to billing details on live transactions. The pair are following the example of investment […]

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