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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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Brief Encounter: Minter Ellesison

In a global legal profession, Australian firms are unique. While most have strong Asian practices, the argument for setting up in the Northern hemisphere is considerably harder to swallow. An overseas office is always expensive. Obviously, the trick is to make sure the benefits outweigh the costs, be those benefits work referred home, successful competition […]

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Wilson Bowden sells Nottingham leisure scheme to BP Pension Fund for £50m. Wilson Bowden advised by Linklaters (Martin Elliot), BP Pension Fund advised by Maxwell Batley.

Northern Birmingham

Northern Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust in £16m deal with Amey. Public body advised by Mills & Reeve (Raith Pickup, plus Bridget Archibald, Tom Cassidy and Philip Farrar). Amey subsidiary advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Frank Dufficy). Funder is Barclays, advised by DLA.

Reynolds wins joint venture deal

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has snatched a lucrative deal from under the noses of leading media firm Wiggin & Co. The deal is a joint venture between digital studio kpe and television production company Hat Trick Productions. For the Hat Trick deal, kpe instructed Wiggin & Co. However, before the deal was completed the company dropped […]

Canada’s Miller Thomson to merge with Swinton & Co

Toronto-based firm Miller Thomson is merging with a Vancouver practice to create one of Canada’s top 10 law firms. By swallowing 50-lawyer firm Swinton & Company, Miller Thomson will grow to nearly 300 lawyers, while gaining a vital presence on Canada’s west coast. Swinton & Company specialises in securities law, acting for Canada’s largest independent […]

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