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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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International firms: here to maturity

Fewer lawyers covering more territory is the theme this year, as international players take a more realistic view of prospects in the region One of the world’s most ubiquitous law firms – Baker & McKenzie – has established the largest global practice presence in Asia Pacific, overtaking recently merged Anglo-Australian challengers Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) […]

DLA Piper represents Parnell Pharmaceuticals in initial public offering

DLA Piper has advised Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings (PARN) in its initial public offering on NASDAQ. PARN, an Australian-based veterinary pharmaceutical company with US operations located in Kansas City, Kansas, focuses on developing, manufacturing and commercialising innovative animal health solutions. The company currently markets five products for companion animals and production animals in 14 countries and augments […]

Corporate governance update: handling of confidential information — briefings and unannounced corporate transactions

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) recently released ‘Report 393 Handling of confidential information: Briefings and unannounced corporate transactions’. The report results from ASIC’s attendance at sample investor briefings, media-based analysis, academic research and market practice interviews and contains important observations and recommendations regarding current market practice. These include: Identifying the importance of both […]

Pre-decimal terms of measurement: chains, perches and Victorian leg measurements

A national housebuilder is purchasing a development site in North Yorkshire. The land is unregistered and the root of title document is a 1928 conveyance that describes the land as being ‘several closes of land containing nine acres, two roods and 12 perches or thereabouts’. Fortunately the conveyance contains an adequate plan, but the description […]

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