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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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Clifford Chance is set to confirm Mark Campbell and David Dunnigan for another four years as heads of banking and capital markets respectively. Partners were informed on Thursday ( 12 October) that after the close of the nominations, no candidates had come forward to stand against the incumbents. There is now a vote to confirm […]

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Law Society president Fiona Woolf this morning (13 October) told the profession that solicitors need to perform for clients in order for their contributions to society to be recognised. Speaking at the annual Law Society conference, Woolf said: “As a profession, regulated to operate in the public interest, our vast contributions to the economy and […]

A&O ups the stakes in City talent contest

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) London lawyers are going to be 15 per cent richer starting in three weeks’ time. As we revealed this morning, Allen & Overy is launching a spanking new pay and career structure for associates and trainees. Managing partner David Morley and HR head Genevieve Tennant have been consulting associates for nearly […]

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Bredin Prat has scooped its first-ever instruction from BAE Systems after advising the company on the disposal of its holding in Airbus alongside best friend Slaughter and May. Slaughters corporate partner Nigel Boardman led the team acting for BAE as it disposed of the 20 per cent holding, working as an integrated unit with Bredin […]

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