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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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Unlike the UK’s DTI, Ireland’s ODCE has power to prosecute criminal offences – and law firms have been correspondingly busy, reports Brid Munnelly A key weapon in the armoury of corporate law enforcers is the corporate investigation. Ireland has seen an increased focus on investigations into Irish companies and their management following various reports and […]

Herbies raids Norton Rose for Dubai launch

Norton Rose’s Middle Eastern operations have been hit by the imminent departure of Dubai finance partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir to launch Herbert Smith’s new Dubai offering. The defections halve Norton Rose’s Dubai partnership, leaving behind Graeme Muir and recent recruit Tahir Ahmed. Herbert Smith has been examining the possibilities of opening a Dubai […]

Collyer in shake-up as chief steps down

Collyer Bristow’s senior partner of 10 years is stepping down, to be replaced by the London firm’s head of private client. John Saner will take over from Roger Woolfe in February. Woolfe will return to fee earning in the commercial property team, while Andrew Dixon will take over the role as head of private client […]

Freshfields, White & Case tie up Kazakhstan deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case have made headway for future share offerings in the Republic of Kazakhstan, advising on the $2.03bn (£1.09bn) IPO of a Kazakh oil company. KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production (KMG), the third-largest producer of crude oil in Kazakhstan, raised around $2.03bn from an IPO that consisted of 23.1 million new […]

Freshfields Berlin hit by partner loss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost another German partner, this time seeing Berlin-based litigation partner Alfried Heidbrink leave for German firm Lindenpartners. Heidbrink, who leaves Freshfields in November, has been with the magic circle firm since 1992 and a partner since 1997. He specialises in M&A, bankruptcy and financial services litigation. Heidbrink told German legal publication […]

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