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Client Update – business-to-business contract terms

In the ACCC’s first successful case under the new business-to-business unfair contract terms provisions, the Federal Court has declared (by consent) that eight terms of the standard form contracts of JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd (JJ Richards) for waste disposal are unfair, and therefore void, where the other party is a small business. The unfair contract terms provisions1, which previously only applied to consumers, were extended in November 2016 to cover small businesses. In early 2017, the ACCC announced that ensuring small businesses received the protection of the unfair contract terms law would be a key enforcement and...

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Fugro secures new contract for marine site investigation in Mexico

Offshore operations, including multi-site high resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys together with laboratory testing and geoconsulting services, will support design and/or installation of platforms, pipelines, jack-up platforms and deepwater facilities. More information on field development...

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US Financial Restructuring Newswire

With the combination of Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright, we are continuing our publication of the International Restructuring Newswire under a new name the Norton Rose Fulbright US Financial Restructuring Newswire. This quarterly publication will focus on developments in the US and on cross-border cases between the US and other countries. Feature articles Firm...

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First engineering consultancy in South Africa to achieve level 1 Black Economic Empowerment

19 Oct 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV is proud to announce that the company has attained Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) accreditation making it the first engineering consultancy in South Africa to achieve this.  Salani Sithole, Managing Director of Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa states, “Our journey to transforming our organisation to meet Government’s socio-economic development plan for the benefit of all South Africans started over 10 years ago. This journey and our focus on developing a diverse organisation matching our country’s demographics has ultimately led to the attainment of Level 1 B-BBEE.” Inclusive economy In attaining level 1 B-BBEE...

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Imminent Australian competition law changes present new risks and opportunities

The framework for authorising and notifying conduct under the Act has been improved and the ACCC will be now empowered to make class exemptions and merger assessments, having regard to public benefits, not just competitive impacts. Merger clearance Currently the ACCC conducts merger clearance assessment, employing the test of whether or not the transaction would have the effect, or likely effect, of substantially lessening competition. Only the Australian Competition Tribunal may review proposed mergers by considering the public benefit of the transaction. Shortly, the ACCC will be permitted to make a decision in the first instance by reference to...

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Wind Farm Data Management and Analysis Forum, Hamburg

October 17, 2017 Natural Power’s Market Analysis Manager, Jeff Bryan, will be speaking at the Wind Farm Data Management and Analysis Forum in Germany this week. His presentation ‘Using data to improve O&M efficiency and drive down the LCOE’ will take place on 18th October at 09.25 hours in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg. Natural Power’s advisory and analytics team, comprising performance analytics, market analysis and due diligence provides in-depth analysis and insight to key renewable energy and infrastructure markets. The team employs a combination of bespoke in-house tools, industry standard models and desktop research to uncover the issues...

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Saturday Schools in South Africa celebrate 10 years of ‘Investing in education’

17 Oct 2017 Over the past month Royal HaskoningDHV has held celebrations across the country to mark 10 years of investing in education through their Saturday Schools programme. It is said a nation that fails to invest in its youth fails to invest in its future. This was the motivating factor for Royal HaskoningDHV’s Saturday Schools programme in South Africa that was launched in 2007 when the dearth of engineering students became apparent. To date the programme has benefitted more than 1,400 learners. Pauline Makama, CSI Manager at Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa, states, “The aim of our Saturday Schools...

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Latest Scottish wind farm nears completion as reinstatement work finishes

Reinstatement works on one of Scotland’s biggest current wind farm sites are nearing completion. The balance of plant at Clyde wind farm extension, has been delivered by Jones Bros Civil Engineering in a joint venture with civils partner Balfour Beatty, on behalf of the client Clyde Wind Farm (Scotland) Limited, one of the UK’s biggest wind farms. The construction engineering works were completed in time for a handover to the client at the end of August, while the landscaping and reinstatement work on the wind farm, which comprises 54 Siemens turbines, is on course to be finished by the end of October. Under the contract, as well as turbine bases and crane pads, a total of 32km of tracks were constructed, to allow heavy plant to travel across the site. From a total construction workforce of 90 at its peak, there are now 25 employees completing reinstatement at the site, located between Biggar, Abington and Moffat. During the lifetime of the construction work, the joint venture employed local labour where possible. They included several Scottish plant operative apprentices and a number of labourers recruited from the surrounding area. In addition, the site recruited trainee civil engineer Alistair Dow, 25, from Symington, South Lanarkshire. Alistair put the skills learned on his HNC (higher national certificate) in civil engineering into practice, working as a setting out engineer, preparing the ground for...

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