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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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Jenner & Block opens for business in New York

US litigation powerhouse Jenner & Block opens in New York today (7 November) as the firm moves to broaden its national base. It marks the fourth office for the Chicago-based firm, which also has bases in Dallas and Washington DC. Managing partner Greg Gallopoulos told The Lawyer that the move to New York was a […]

Eversheds partner departure compounds Birmingham woes

Large cracks are forming in Eversheds‘ Birmingham office after the departure of yet another partner. Sally Mewies has left Eversheds, where she headed the IT practice for the past three years, and is set to join Wragge & Co as a partner. Mewies is the latest in a number of departures in the past 12 […]

Dentons half-year PEP rebounds after partner exodus

Denton Wilde Sapte is predicting its profit per equity partner to move back above the psychogically-important £300,000 milestone by the end of the financial year but revenues are likely to suffer. Six-month PEP is up 29 per cent on the same period last year and firm is confident that this performance will help it achieve […]

Eversheds secures role on Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

Eversheds‘ inquiries and investigations team has won the coveted role of adviser to the inquiry into the death of Northern Irish solicitor Rosemary Nelson. Led by Peter Jones, the team won a competitive tender to secure its role on the inquiry. The win comes on the back of work Eversheds did on the Bloody Sunday […]

Dutch spilts caused by Continental Shift

Crisis meetings, office closures, partner walkouts: it doesn’t sound much like the Netherlands. But UK legal culture is infectious. De Brauw and Nauta Dutilh are finally starting to grapple with the strange concept of profitability. Until now the Dutch have had enough muscle to resist total invasion by the Brits, despite incursions by the magic […]

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