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Merger control: Guidance paper on new transaction value thresholds in Austria and Germany

In the second half of 2017 both Austria and Germany introduced transaction value based thresholds as alternatives to purely turnover based thresholds that trigger the obligation to obtain merger control approval. The Austrian test pursuant to section 9 (4) Austrian Cartel Act (“ACA”) requires, amongst others, the consideration for a transaction to exceed EUR 200 […]

Danube port legislation: building a bridge across various jurisdictions

The Danube is the longest river in Central Europe, and thus has significant economic potential. However, the full potential of the Danube as a major transport route has not yet been exploited. A reason for this is the fact that the Danube crosses ten countries, and there are, as a result, ten different applicable port […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – July 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: The EU (Withdrawal) Bill receives Royal Assent Chair appointed to lead independent review into planning appeal inquiries Registered Social Landlords Bill gains Royal Assent Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing New powers […]

Industrial strategy: government proposals to use IP to stimulate innovation

By Jo Pritchard The government has recently published the outcome of its consultation on maximising the incentives of the IP (intellectual property) system to stimulate collaborative innovation and licensing opportunities. The call for views was one of a number of initiatives on IP announced by the government as part of its Industrial Strategy in November 2017.   Views […]

Express duty of good faith: rescuing drafting deficiencies

By Susan Honeyands The High Court has recently held that an obligation to act in good faith was breached when a company managing referrals to physiotherapy clinics used the other party’s information to set up a rival business. The case is interesting because the express good faith clause rescued other drafting deficiencies, in particular, the […]

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A doctor who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in January 1994 is facing a High Court compensation claim. The action has been launched by three survivors of the accident, in which one person died. Keith Wells, Michelle Thorpe and Kieran Thorpe, suing through his mother Michelle Thorpe, have issued a writ against […]

DAC culls Manchester property arm

Davies Arnold Cooper is continuing to strip back its Manchester office by closing its property department. The closure comes just two months after the firm’s entire construction team left to join Hammond Suddards. (The Lawyer, 15 March). At the time of the departures Phil Jepson, managing partner at Davies Arnold Cooper’s Manchester office, said construction, […]

Manches drops '& Co' for slimline look

First cameron mcKenna fiddled with its capitals, then edge ellison dropped its (capital) e’s. Now Manches & Co is taking the bold step of modernising its image by dropping the ‘& Co’ from its name. The firm will now be known simply as Manches. Alasdair Simpson, Manches’ senior partner, says: “It is complementary to a […]

In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US firm, has appointed Professor Abram Chayes, former legal adviser to the Kennedy administration, as international counsel based at its Boston office. Harvard law professor Chayes was an adviser during the Cuban missile crisis and represented Nicaragua against the US in the World Court over the Reagan administration’s support for […]

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