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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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Spanish firm Garrigues has made up 15 equity partners as revenue figures for the financial year 2011-12 showed a dip of 5 per cent. The promotions, which were approved at a partners’ meeting yesterday, follow the decision last year to make up 152 of its partners to full-equity status. The latest promotions bring Garrigues’ total […]

Latham and Skadden: Star Wars acquisition advise on they do

Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken advisory roles on Walt Disney’s $4.05bn (£2.5bn) acquisition of Star Wars maker Lucasfilm. The deal, paid for in a mixture of cash and shares, gives Disney the rights to the world-famous film series, with the US movie giant now unveiling plans to bring […]

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Post-merger Pinsents retains lead at top of AIM rankings

Pinsent Masons has extended its lead at the top of the rankings of law firms by number of AIM-listed clients, bringing its client count close to 50. The firm now has 49 AIM clients, up on 46 in July, when data provider Morningstar last published its quarterly rankings. Memery Crystal, the usual leader until Pinsents […]

Abuse of process: The interplay between arbitration and litigation

The Commercial Court has struck out a claim as an abuse of process, because the central issues had previously been decided against the claimant in an arbitration. Not a surprising move, perhaps: except that in Michael Wilson & Partners Limited (MWP) v Sinclair and others the successful defendants werenotparties to the previous arbitration (see judgment […]

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DAC Beachcroft signs three-way Chilean merger

DAC Beachcroft and Chilean firms Seguros Lex and Amunategui y Cia are to join forces to create DAC Beachcroft Chile from today (1 November 2012). The move will make DAC Beachcroft the first European-based law firm to have a presence in the country. It comes almost a year to the day since Beachcroft merged with […]

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