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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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Half-year turnover up 12 per cent at Watson Farley

Watson Farley & Williams has posted double-digit revenue growth for the first six months of the 2013/14 financial year with half-year revenues of £52m.  The figure is promising for the firm, which saw a 13 per cent fall in average profit per equity partner (PEP) at the year-end despite reporting a 2 per cent increase […]

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Tui Travel tour operating GC steps up to top role

Tui Travel has promoted its mainstream tour operating general counsel, Mike Bowers, to the role of group legal director, following the decision of the FTSE 100 company’s legal chief Andrew John to begin planning for retirement. Bowers took over from John last month, following the latter’s appointment as director, secretariat, health & safety and risk. […]

ASIC proposes a fresh approach to the regulation of employee incentive schemes

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is proposing to update and broaden its current employee share scheme class-order relief and regulatory guidance in response to developments in market practice and the need for clarity. ASIC is proposing to expand the classes of financial products that can be the subject of an offer under an […]

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Clifford Chance managing partner vote ends today

Clifford Chance is on the brink of crowning a new managing partner as the vote draws to a close today (26 November). The race to replace outgoing head David Childs began this month when global corporate head Matthew Layton, Paris chief Yves Wehrli and real estate finance partner Andrew Carnegie emerged as the three candidates […]

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