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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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Eversheds reports 10 per cent growth

Eversheds has seen half year turnover grow in line with its three-year strategy with a 10 per cent increase to £196m from £176.4m for the same period last year. The firm said it is ahead of target in delivering its strategic growth plans and profit targets despite significant investment in new offices in Leeds and […]

Firm profile: Corren Troen

After Martinis at the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago in 2003, Paul Corren and Per Troen, then partners at Osborne Clarke , decided to go it alone. They opened up their boutique outfit Corren Troen in London and the firm has since grown to 16 fee-earners off the back of their contacts and […]

Herbert Smith rockets ahead on half-year figures

Herbert Smith has been the year’s outstanding performer so far as UK firms begin to take stock at the half-year stage. Herbert Smith’s finance department has driven a 25 per cent increase in the firm’s turnover, compared with the first six months of last year. “Finance has been the best performer, growing by more than […]

SJ Berwin lawyer quits for Martineau

SJ Berwin competition law associate James Dilley has taken up the post of competition partner at the London office of Martineau Johnson. He has been at SJ Berwin for two-and-a-half years, during which key work included the Group 4-Securicor deal. In his new team Dilley will work on cartels, mergers and state aid. Martineau competition […]

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