One, two, three: proposals for a Scottish competition authority | Brodies

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This article reviews the Scottish Government’s proposals to establish a Scottish Competition Authority in the event of a vote for Scottish independence in September’s referendum. It also identifies some of the potential implications of the proposals for business in Scotland as well as the many unanswered questions that remain. In many ways the Scottish Government …

Landlord’s disrepair claims: essential guidance for tenants | Falcon Chambers

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In a difficult lettings market, the 
expiry of a lease presents the landlord with 
the possibility of an income void lasting many months. It is unsurprising, therefore, that unscrupulous landlords sometimes regard a terminal dilapidations claim as a means of offsetting the leaner times ahead. What can a tenant – faced with a costly and …

Collective actions in Europe | Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Collective actions can significantly increase litigation exposure for businesses. Progressively, collective action rules are being proposed and introduced in more jurisdictions. The last few months have seen steps at both European and national level towards the adoption of new legislation designed to facilitate actions for collective redress. Sarah Croft, of Shook Hardy & Bacon International, …

Revised EU competition rules for technology licensing agreements took effect on 1 May 2014 | Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

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Companies involved in licensing agreements concerning patents, know-how and most types of copyrights that affect Europe have to comply with EU competition law rules on technology licensing agreements. The European Commission (the Commission) revised these rules on 27 March 2014 by publishing new versions of (i) the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation (TTBER), which shields …

Environmental compliance moving up the corporate agenda: new sentencing guideline | Burges Salmon

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On 26 February 2014 the Sentencing Council published a new guideline for judges and magistrates on sentencing environmental offences. This guideline 
will take effect from 1 July 2014 and will apply to all individual offenders aged 18 or older and organisations that are sentenced on or after 1 July 2014, regardless of the date of …