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Flybe

Morgan Lewis’ latest recruits come good as firm joins trio on Flybe sale

Herbert Smith Freehills and Morgan Lewis & Bockius are representing a consortium in its rescue of troubled Flybe Airways for £2.2m. The consortium is formed by Connect Airways, a joint venture company owned by Cyrus funds, Stobart Aviation and Virgin Atlantic. Morgan Lewis partner Georgia Quenby has been leading for Connect and Cyrus, along with […]

Heathrow

Seven firms win places on Heathrow’s legal panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Eversheds Sutherland are among the firms to have won places on Heathrow Airport’s slimmed-down roster. The company’s general counsel Carol Hui, who featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 in 2014, has appointed seven firms to the panel. The last review saw the appointment of 11 firms, with Blake Morgan, Brodies, DLA Piper and […]

London Underground

TfL kicks off first panel review in six years

Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off its first panel review since 2012, putting scrutiny on the eleven firms already on the roster. The panel is worth at least £86m to its chosen firms, with the eight-lot roster running for a minimum of four years. The firms will be given until 18 January to tender, […]

London Underground

Transport for London cuts legal spend but three-year bill approaches £50m

Transport for London’s (TfL) external legal spend dropped 7 per cent in 2017/18 to just over £15m, bringing its three year expenditure to nearly £50m, according to figures provided to The Lawyer. The transport agency’s legal costs for the 2017/18 financial year were its lowest for at least three years, a Freedom of Information request […]

train

Four firms score £1.5bn sale of Network Rail property

Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Gowling WLG and Kirkland & Ellis have advised on the £1.5bn sale of Network Rail’s commercial estate to private equity giants Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium – the biggest investment programme in the railway since Victorian times. Clifford Chance and Eversheds both acted for Network Rail in its sale of a portfolio comprised […]

Analysis

Turk airline

Turkey – Upgrade nation

The rise of the Turkish aviation sector reflects a wider trend of prosperity The Turkish banking crisis of 2000/01 wreaked havoc on the country’s economy: its currency crashed, interest rates rocketed and tens of thousands lost their jobs. In the aftermath, however, banking sector reforms meant Turkey was far better prepared for the 2008 global […]

Turkey

Turkey Briefing Live: Plane speaking

The IMF has slashed its 2014 growth forecast for Turkey from 3.5 to 2.3 per cent. Investors are now hoping the aviation and energy markets will provide some comfort Turkey may put the ‘T’ in the MINT group of flavour-of-the-month emerging economies, but recent political and economic developments could be souring the taste for international […]

Featured Briefings

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: Ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83. The list of the commodities prohibited for import is provided in […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

Almaty Light Rail Transit project in Kazakhstan

On the 29th November 2018, Almaty, the former capital and the largest city in Kazakhstan, received responses from nine international consortia, consisting of companies from Japan, France, Russia, Turkey, Spain, China and Kazakhstan, to participate in the first stage of the open tender of the Almaty Light Rail Transit (LRT) public-private partnership (PPP) project. The mayor of Almaty is seeking a private partner to design, […]

Drone delays – The costs for airlines

Drone related incidents involving aircraft have increased dramatically over last few years. The recent Government consultation on the use of drones reported that the number of drone-related incidents have risen from 6 in 2014 to 93 in 2017. On 19 December 2018, such an incident caused mayhem at Gatwick Airport just before the busy Christmas […]

IRDA clarifies implementation of Compulsory Personal Accident (CPA) insurance for owner drivers

The Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has issued a circular ref. IRDAI/NL/CIR//MOTP/170/10/2018 dated 9 October 2018 (Revised Circular) providing certain clarifications regarding the implementation of Compulsory Personal Accident (CPA) insurance for owner drivers. The Revised Circular has been issued in light of complaints and communications received from various stakeholders regarding certain aspects of […]

Romania: Amendments to the tax law as of 1 January 2019

By Theodor Artenie, Anamaria Tocaci, Alexandra Barbu Emergency Ordinance No. 114/2018, on the establishment of measures in the field of public investments and of fiscal-budgetary measures, the amendment and supplementation of some normative acts and the extension of some deadlines, recently introduced a series of legal changes with a fiscal impact. Below we summarise the most important changes in […]

EV charging: Opportunities for local authorities

By Stuart Urquhart It is the government’s ambition that nearly all cars and vans should be zero-emission by 2050. Given the inevitable increase in demand for reliable charging infrastructure, local authorities will be considering the structural options available (assuming there is no suitable pre-existing framework already in place). Electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) could take a number […]

Data protection: November/December 2018

By Jeanette Burgess, Andrew Northage Privacy Shield second annual review report, Brexit guidance, latest from the ICO, cybersecurity and more. US continues to ensure adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield Stop press!! The European Commission has today confirmed in its report on the second annual review of the functioning of the […]

No clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law – Supreme Court

By Martin Thomas, Şenay Nihat, David Wigy The Supreme Court handed down judgment today in London Borough of Southwark and another v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – finding that that there is no clear and consistent meaning of ‘highway’ in common law. Rather, the meaning of ‘highway’ depends on the context in which it is used, […]

Introduction of Martial law in Ukraine: Effects on businesses

By Andriy Nikiforov On 26 November 2018, the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Law that approves the Decree of the President of Ukraine on the imposition of martial law (not to be confused with a ‘state of war’) in Ukraine. The new Law, effective 28 November 2018, imposes martial law until 2 p.m. on 26 December […]

How to set the moral compass for autonomous vehicles

When we drive we are faced with a multitude of different moral decisions that affect our behaviour towards other users on the road. We all respond differently to things like emergencies or overtaking cyclists. With autonomous vehicles (AVs) beginning to emerge, we need to consider the moral decisions that we make as humans while driving […]

Agreement signed between United States-Mexico-Canada

By Richard G. Dearden, Wendy J. Wagner, Hunter Fox The leaders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico have signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Prime Minister Trudeau, President Trump, and outgoing Mexican President Nieto met early this morning during a sideline meeting at the G20 conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina to sign the Agreement. In brief […]

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