We specialise in helping clients in the highly dynamic and idiosyncratic defence sector
The UK defence sector is subject to extensive and fast changing regulation. This creates challenges and opportunities not just around the law but also around how the law is interpreted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Our Defence sector solicitors specialise in providing a full range of corporate and commercial advice to clients in this dynamic sector. The team's work includes advising on M&A; Ministry of Defence contracts, particularly DEFCONs; the application of UK and EU procurement rules; MoD licensing requirements; and employment and conflict issues.
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Transparency drafting in PFI and PF2 projects – clear as mud!
When the Government launched PF2 in December 2012, the Autumn Statement placed great weight on enhancing the transparency of arrangements between the public and private sectors. As the PF2 Policy Document itself stated: "Transparency is at the centre of PF2 arrangements".
Six months on – and with work on the first batch of priority schools about to kick-off – private and public sector appetite for the new drafting is being tested. The Treasury has confirmed that PF2 provisions in relation to transparency and information sharing will take the form of mandatory drafting on PFI projects yet to reach financial close. View full briefing
Voluntary "code of conduct" for PFI/PPP – a common-sense approach?
The Government has recently introduced a "best practice" guide for parties from the public and private sectors involved in operational PFIs and PPPs, in a bid to make further savings in infrastructure projects. View full briefing
ONEL: what constitutes genuine use of a Community Trade Mark?
On 19 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its long-anticipated judgment in the ONEL/OMEL case. This reference from the Court of Appeal of the Hague sought guidance on the question of whether use of a Community Trade Mark (CTM) in a single member state constitutes genuine use in the Community. View full briefing
OHIM's box-ticking approach to class heading filings fails to tick all the right boxes
Community Trade Mark (CTM) applicants beware. OHIM (the CTM office) has again (15 October 2012) changed its practice on filings for "class headings". View full briefing
HSE consultation: proposing to recover the cost of investigations
The Health and Safety Executive wants to recover the costs it incurs in investigating a business found to be in material breach of health and safety law. View full briefing