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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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Sidley draws Ashurst finance partner for real estate group

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has secured its first London acquisition finance partner with the hire of Ashurst partner Stephen Clark, as the firm continues its lateral hiring spree. Clark, who focuses on real estate finance, counts HSBC as a key client. Sidley hopes the hire (first revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 7 April) will complement its […]

Pulling a fast one

Gulf International Bank’s (GIB) UK head of legal and compliance Dominic Bacon has discovered a rather novel method for picking a nanny involving a process that could easily have been mistaken for speed dating. Bacon and his wife were given three minutes to meet potential nannies. The nannies and couples that matched each others’ requirements […]

Heatons appoints new managing partner

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner, replacing David Beech. Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During his time at Heatons, he advised Icelandic investor Baugur on a number of multimillion-pound deals. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 April 2005

Shout to the top

A certain Clifford Chance corporate partner has been the recipient of a particularly critical review under the magic circle firm’s upward appraisal system. One associate anonymously appraising the partner merely wrote: “YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOUT AT US SO LOUD!”

Merged Wilmer puts in solid performance

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has posted an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of $870,000 (£463,100) in its first full financial year as a merged firm. The results compare favourably with the average PEP of $780,000 (£415,200) at the pre-merger Wilmer Cutler and $810,000 (£431,200) at Hale and Dorr. Turnover for 2004 was […]

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