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Brexit and Renewables: What lies ahead?

Peter Ward

Much has been written about the potential impact of Brexit on the UK’s renewable energy sector. Common themes that have emerged are loss of investor confidence, concerns over energy security and delays in much needed investment into the UK’s energy infrastructure. 

The publication by the UK Government in November 2018 of its ‘no-deal’ Brexit papers sought to provide some clarity to the energy sector on issues such as generating low-carbon electricity and the implications for trading electricity and gas, but despite this the common themes highlighted above continue to pers

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Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency – not so frustrating after all (for the landlord)

The English High Court has today rejected the argument that Brexit allows a tenant to get out of its lease, in a decision which is good news for landlords and arguably for the property industry generally.

The High Court has made its decision in the case of Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency.  The EMA had its headquarters at Canary Wharf in London.  As an EU agency, the EMA is required to have its headquarters in an EU member state.  Since the UK will stop being a member state after Brexit, the EMA argued that it would be impossible for its lease to continue (and

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Still the law of choice? Future proofing UK legal services

Hannah Jenkins

50 days to go until B day, and still the cliché that “the only certainty is uncertainty” prevails.

For two and a half years future proofing for Brexit has been on everyone’s agenda and lawyers have been on hand to help our clients face these challenges.

But what about the challenges faced by the legal sector?

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Is the Scottish housing market bucking the Brexit trend?

The announcement at the end of last week of Springfield Properties plc’s acquisition of Walker Group is a great indicator of the strength of the Scottish housing market.

The deal – in which we acted for Springfield – helps strengthen Springfield’s presence in the Central Belt, particularly around Edinburgh.

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Who says New Year resolutions don’t stick? Here’s my 2019 employment law watch list to prove it

As somebody who starts each week with a to do list, I’m sure you can imagine my delight when a good friend’s Christmas present to me was a book about getting the most out of your year by making lists and making plans. Yes, I know, how very “millennial” of me, but with new years’ resolutions and forward planning at the forefront of our minds, what better a time of year to receive a gift like this? (Disclaimer: two of my resolutions were to read more books and make more plans…)

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Immigration: What’s the deal when there’s No Deal?

As the Brexit process grinds on, more attention has turned to thinking about the preparations that might be required for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit scenario – namely, a scenario where for one reason or another, the UK leaves the European Union without having formally agreed the basis of that departure.

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No Deal? No Brexit?

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Last night’s vote that saw Parliament overwhelmingly reject the Government’s proposed deal with the EU rightly dominates the news agenda this morning.

The immediate call for a vote of no confidence in the Government adds to the political uncertainty.

We could endlessly debate the possibilities of what might happen, and indeed what should happen now. However, as the clock continues to countdown to 29 March, our main focus is ensuring that Burness Paull’s clients are as prepared as possible.

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The Discount Rate: no longer a constant in a changing world?

Will Cole

In the current era, when the House of Commons seems consumed by Brexit fever, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that some parts of the government apparatus are still having to get on with the day job, and more prosaic legislation is also rumbling towards passage. 

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Oil & Gas Outlook - What's next for the UKCS?

Well, how do you sum up a year like 2018? There’s certainly been no shortage of talking points that’s for sure.

Let’s leave the drama of the political and social spheres aside and focus solely on the oil & gas sector though. After the vicious downturn the backdrop to the last 12 months has clearly been a significant recovery in oil prices, with some optimism as the oil price stabilised across 2018. This provided the necessary conditions for market recovery and the renewal of capital investment, both in the North Sea and further afield.

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2018 ends like it started - in the depths of a political blizzard on the future relationship between the UK and the EU

Throughout 2018 we’ve been closely engaged with our clients on Brexit – in particular advising them on how best to plan for the risks associated with a ‘No Deal’ scenario.

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