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Commission launches “assertive” campaign to open up procurement markets outside the EU

European Union - May 1 2012 Last year, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced in its first annual report on trade and investment barriers that one of the items on its “to-do” list was to find a way to eradicate trading obstacles faced by EU exporters in certain markets outside the EU, where the same obstacles were not faced by exporters located in such jurisdictions seeking access to their counterpart markets within the EU.

The battle of King’s Cross

United Kingdom - March 20 2012 Thames Water has been engaged in battle with Ofwat and Independent Water Networks Limited (“IWNL”) for the right to supply the 67-acre King’s Cross redevelopment site with water and sewerage services for several years.

Stephen C. Tupper.

Modernisation of the EU public procurement rules - what next for the water sector?

European Union - January 30 2012 The European Commission has published proposals for modernising the EU public procurements rules with a suite of new directives including a new directive on public procurement to replace Directive 2004/18 (“New Procurement Directive”).

Stephen C. Tupper.

UK employment law update – changes announced by Chancellor to come into force in 2012/13

United Kingdom - October 4 2011 Chancellor George Osborne took the opportunity at the Conservative Party’s Annual Conference to announce significant reforms to the Employment Tribunal system which are due to come into force in April 2012 and 2013.

Russell D. Lamb.

A recent case finds that employers may dismiss employees for refusal to accept a pay cut, even if the survival of the business isn't in issue

USA - August 10 2011 The UK's Employment Appeals Tribunal has confirmed that employers may dismiss employees who refuse to accept detrimental changes to terms and conditions without that dismissal being deemed "unfair" - so long as they have acted reasonably.

Russell D. Lamb.