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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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Hammonds faces former partners in High Court

Hammonds was up in the High Court today for a £3m profit dispute hearing with former partners. Hammonds attended the High Court today for a £3m profit dispute hearing that will determine whether the firm’s managing partner Peter Crossley (pictured) will become embroiled in the case. The case management conference, which is set down for […]

Central Europe Special Report: Hungary for success

Hungary’s domestic law firms are seizing the chance to attract the best clients locally in the wake of their larger international counterparts’ exodus. By Nicola Laver Ideally placed as a hub for investors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Hungary is unique. But while the numerous opportunities for legal firms, both domestic and international, have […]

Cadwalader will not keep any City NQs in spring

US firm Cadwalader Wikersham & Taft will not offer jobs to any of the trainee solicitors who are due to qualify into its London office next spring. Three trainees have been affected by the move, which it is understood has been blamed on market conditions and the rapid expansion of Cadwalader’s UK-based graduate recruitment programme. […]

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Work Life Quiz: Julian James Clark, Holman Fenwick Willan

Holman Fenwick Willan” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15119_P15_cv.jpg” />What was your first-ever job?Playing keyboards in a five-piece cabaret band on the North of England club ­circuit. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?I managed to avoid that stage, having come into the profession as a barrister. However, when starting my shipping career I was sent on […]

Ashurst moves staff into energy and transport team

Ashurst has redeployed three corporate and three finance junior associates to its energy, transport and infrastructure (ETI) team as the transactional side of its business has slowed down. In contrast to the core corporate team, the ETI team has been very busy in recent months, requiring significant capacity. One Ashurst corporate partner told The Lawyer: […]

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