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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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UK Govt brought to task over libel laws

Submissions by Finers Stephens Innocent and Doughty Street barristers to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg have led to the UK Government being asked to justify its libel laws The step means that there will be a public examination by Foreign Office lawyers and the Treasury Solicitor over whether the laws are […]

Norton Rose set to launch Rome base

Norton Rose partners are poised to vote on plans to open a Rome office. The firm’s Milan base is already in talks with a number of potential laterals about launching a practice in the capital The extended presence would help Norton Rose exploit the market for projects, infrastructure and energy work. Closer proximity to Italy’s […]

Rollits bags Walker Morris director of media

Yorkshire firm Rollits has appointed Ralph Coyle, Walker Morris’s director of media, as a partner in its company and commercial department. Coyle’s main focus is in media law, e-commerce and data protection. He said: “At Walker Morris I felt a little restricted. I chose Rollits because they offered me a broader corporate and commercial role.”

Freshfields cashes in on Singapore’s third largest IPO

Freshfields’ Singapore joint venture advises ABN AMRO and UBS Warburg on MobileOne IPO Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Singapore joint venture Freshfields Drew & Napier has pulled off the City State’s third largest IPO. Freshfields partner David Simpson advised joint global co-ordinators ABN AMRO and UBS Warburg on the US$787.5m IPO of MobileOne, Singapore’s second biggest mobile […]

Separated at birth

Tulkinghorn was a little disturbed upon hearing rumours that comic football pundit David Baddiel had parted company with the three lions and his microphone and joined a serious US law firm. Several sources said that Baddiel was spotted cavorting with partners from Clearys. But fortunately, Ashar Qureshi, a close friend, promptly advised Tulkinghorn of the […]

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