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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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Karanovic & Nikolic associate contributes to CBRE publication Serbia Real Estate Today

Karanovic & Nikolic associate Milan Radonic has contributed to the commercial property and real-estate (CBRE) publication Serbia Real Estate Today. The publication provides a thorough background on the Serbian economy and political situation and offers an overview of the real-estate market in its entirety, providing insight into the office segment, the retail market, the residential market […]

Scottish firm shifts cash to English bank account ahead of vote

With just eight days to go until the Scottish independence referendum vote, concern is ramping up among leading businesses over the impact of a yes vote on the Scottish banking system. One leading Scottish law firm is among them. It has revealed to The Lawyer that it has already moved its money out of Scottish-registered […]

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Hogan Lovells, Kirkland & Ellis and the Hong Kong partner swap

Kirkland & Ellis and Hogan Lovells have announced a swap of two partners in their respective Hong Kong offices this week, with Hogan Lovells’ Neil McDonald hired by Kirkland and the latter’s Steven Tran headed in the opposite direction. Tran joins Hogan Lovells from Kirkland & Ellis, where he has been a partner in the […]

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White & Case loses again to Enyo in second Ukrainian oligarch fight of 2014

Enyo Law has triumphed over White & Case in the High Court after the judge ruled that a Russian senator could continue his $2bn US lawsuit against his former associates for the proceeds of BP-Rosneft oil deal. Russian oligarch Leonid Lebedev’s billionaire associates, represented by White & Case partner John Reynolds, failed to bring an injunction […]

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South Korea: Losing its shine 

Despite being a top recipient of foreign direct investment, South Korea’s business activity potential is not being realised. Do policymakers have the remedy? Although the country’s protectionist stance meant it was badly burnt by the 1997 Asian financial crisis, South Korea opened its economy to foreign investments and imports soon after and is now one […]

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