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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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What went wrong in Russia?

Lawyers in Moscow can do little to make up the huge losses suffered by their clients, as Russia’s economic collapse looks set to go down in history as causing the largest single credit loss to the banking community – $100bn, according to London-based rating company Fitch IBCA. Last September, Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) announced […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Barry Lewis

Barry Lewis was born in London in 1940. He is a partner at Edward Lewis, London. What was your first job? Solicitors articled clerk, closely followed by labourer at Chicago Worlds Fair 1960. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u2,000 a year. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a […]

Law Soc plans advertising attack on legal aid changes

THE LAW Society is planning to attack the Government’s changes to legal aid, and the Access to Justice Bill, by launching an advertising campaign. David McNeill, head of press at the Law Society, says talks are underway with shortlisted advertising agencies. He says the focus of the campaign will be aimed the general public. “Legal […]

In brief: Stephenson Harwood's

Stephenson Harwood’s intellectual property team has won the contract to manage the BBC’s lucrative trademark portfolio. Tibor Jones, head of the intellectual property group, says the BBC uses its brand to merchandise its best known programmes, which reaps the corporation £75m a year. Field Fisher Waterhouse is believed to be one of the firms that […]

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