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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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New Camerons boss vows to snare US allies

CMS Cameron McKenna’s new managing partner is targeting US firms to bring under the CMS banner when he takes over in May. Camerons may have re­trenched this year to a purely European focus, but Duncan Weston, who is set to succeed Dick Tyler, has pledged to lead the firm through a new phase of aggressive […]

Legance raids Gianni for Italy start-up

Legance has launched in Italy with 17 partners formerly from Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, including managing partner Giovanni Nardulli. Legance’s executive committee will include former Gianni executive members Alberto Giampieri, Filippo Troisi and Bruno Bartocci. The firm has offices in Milan and Rome. It follows an internal dispute at Gianni over the culture and […]

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Herbies Dutch ally Stibbe elects new chief

Herbert Smith Dutch alliance firm Stibbe has elected a new managing partner for its Amsterdam office in the shape of corporate partner Heleen Kersten. Kersten, who takes up the role on 1 January, will replace Joost van Lanschot, who has headed the office for the past four years. Van Lanschot said: “I have been in […]

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