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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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College of Law aims to attract state school pupils into law

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Chadbourne raids Orrick for London boost

Chadbourne & Parke has gained banking and restructuring capability in London following a raid on Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Chadbourne has taken Orrick’s head of European insolvency and restructuring Adrian Harris, who was also the firm’s London managing partner in 2004 and 2005. Harris moves across with barrister Diane McLean and Ceinwyn Bannister, an associate […]

Ucits or lose it

New Ucits III rules have re-energised the investment funds market in Europe. By Barry McGrath As expected, the latest set of EU regulations regarding collective investment schemes – the undertakings for collective investments in transferable securities (Ucits III) – has opened up an exciting new spectrum of product possibilities for the investment funds industry in […]

Camerons snares Taylor Wessing pensions partner

CMS Cameron McKenna has made a rare lateral partner hire, luring a pensions partner away from the firm Taylor Wessing. Neil Smith, who joins Camerons today (16 October), is rejoining after a seven-year absence. As an associate, he worked under head of pensions Nigel Moore. Smith’s clients at Taylor Wessing included Calyon Financial, E.ON and […]

The work-life quiz: Merlie Calvert

What was your first-ever job?I worked Thursday evenings and Saturdays in a shop selling leather jackets and bags, then I moved to Marks & Spencer. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Splitting the seat of my trousers shortly before a client meeting and having to ask the partner’s secretary to bring me a needle […]

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