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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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Linklaters advises on £10bn NatWest deal

Linklaters and Slaughter and May have scooped the leading roles on NatWest’s proposed multi-billion pound takeover of Legal & General – throwing into doubt the insurer’s panel line-up. Linklaters is advising NatWest on the £10.75bn takeover attempt in the second major banking insurance deal this year, following Lloyds TSB’s – which Linklaters also represented – […]

Edward Lewis opts for Rutter

Edward Lewis’ longest-serving partner Jeremy Rutter is likely to replace chairman Tony Collins, who resigned from the firm’s management committee and is negotiating leaving the partnership over claims of sex discrimination. One source alleges Collins is demanding a large pay-off to leave the London firm, a move which has incensed some partners. A resolution will […]

Clintons forced to restructure firm

Entertainment and media firm Clintons has been forced to restructure its private client department following the departure of a key lawyer to Lawrence Graham. Karen Marks, who says she effectively headed private client work at Clintons, joined her new firm last week. John Siegel, Clintons’ managing partner, says: “When she left we split the job […]

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Eversheds advised building society syndicate Mutual One on a finance deal to enable De Montfort University to invest £12.5m on its campus. Judith Gershon (pictured)

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