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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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Simmons & Simmons has further expanded its banking and finance team, hiring a finance services specialist from Clifford Chance. Charlotte Stalin joins Simmons as a partner, bringing particular expertise in the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which comes into force next year. The hire squares with Simmons’ expansion policy. The firm’s partnership grew by […]

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, that mouthful of a Russian law firm, landed its first high-profile mega-deal last week, sparking all sorts of identity crises within the firm. The Lawyer reported on the $30bn (£16.16bn) aluminum merger that would make the world’s largest roll of kitchen foil, but the journalist responsible was then surprised to […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna and Romanian firm Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Peterson (NNDKP) netted lead roles on Romania’s largest acquisition to date, worth €3.75bn (£2.6bn), which completed today. Camerons’ regional head of corporate Helen Rodwell led advice for longstanding client Erste Bank on its acquisition of 61.89 per cent of shares in Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR). […]

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