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Energy tax matters – Prinsjesdag 2018

The Budget Day Package 2018 contains a separate bill (‘Fiscal greening measures 2019’) with measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The proposal includes, among other things, the following changes in energy tax: Promoting electrification: shifting energy load from natural gas to electricity. The tariff in the first disc for natural gas is increased by EUR 3ct / m2, […]

UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

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Legal aid neglects solicitors' fees, claims leading lawyer

TOO much legal aid money is spent on unregulated expert witness fees and disbursements and not enough on solicitor’s fees, a prominent solicitor has argued. Judith Goodman, of Goodman Ray solicitors, backed by Tony Edwards, senior partner of TV Edwards & Co, and others, urged colleagues attending a Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference held in […]

Lloyd's reinsurance claim

The Law Lords have given leave for an appeal by Lloyd’s syndicate member, Colin Baker, on behalf of himself and other members of Syndicate 947, against rulings in respect of their bid to recover sums said to be owed to syndicate members. Baker and his fellow members sued Black Sea and Baltic General Insurance which, […]

In brief: Litigation firm opens four-partner office

Kennedys, an insurance and reinsurance litigation firm, has opened a four-partner City office in Mark Lane. Newly-elected senior partner Nick Thomas commented on the benefits of “more central meeting facilities and a ‘drop-off point’ where files can be copied and returned without delay”.

Gorna's chambers disintegrates as former members start afresh

John Malpas reports A NEW set of chambers is opening up in Exeter following the break-up of Christina Gorna’s Castle Chambers set. Gorna founded Castle Chambers in 1990, but announced earlier this month that she was standing down as head of chambers in order to concentrate on her national career. Now four members of the […]

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