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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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Relatives of some of the 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough had to sit through videotapes of the crush at the Sheffield Wednesday ground in 1989. The families were attending the opening of the trial of former chief superintendent David Duckenfield and former superintendent Bernard Murray. The pair deny the manslaughter of two representative victims, […]

The eagles have landed

Matheu Swallow looks back at the mixed fortunes of six US firms which now have a transatlantic presence Gibson Dunn & Crutcher London partner in charge: Anthony Bonnano Number of partners (UK): 8 Total fee earners (UK): 14 Other European offices: Paris Main practice areas: corporate finance, M&A, real estate, tax projects Gibson Dunn & […]

Masons builds name with industry star

Construction specialist Masons is responding to client needs by recruiting a senior industry figure into the firm. Ian Deslandes, the first ever chief executive of leading industry body the Construction Confederation, is joining as a consultant. He will provide information on developments within the construction sector and will also work on Masons’ industry focused training […]

New media guru predicts trouble for non-believers

Richard Susskind is the nearest the profession has to a new media guru. Claire Smith meets the man who says no lawyer should believe that they are immune to developments around them Richard Susskind is at the heart of some of the most crucial discussions going on at the likes of Allen & Overy Clifford […]

Bruckhaus ties Freshfields knot

Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann has voted to merge with Freshfields as it was revealed that the City giant agreed to change its lockstep structure. News of the positive second vote came through as The Lawyer went to press and Freshfields will vote tomorrow (20 June). Sources close to Bruckhaus confirmed that the profit-share issue was key […]

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