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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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White & Case grows City private equity post Youle and Bagshaw hire

It was a major coup for White & Case when Linklaters private equity (PE) partners Richard Youle and Ian Bagshaw moved over last year. Now, as widely expected, the US firm is beefing up its PE team around them with an expanded team, featuring newly-qualified lawyers from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, Hogan Lovells […]

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Which London sets reign on fees?

London’s top chambers reveal a stellar year so far with reports of increases in barrister revenues The 2013/14 reporting season is in full swing and early indicators are that many firms are back in growth mode. Can the same be said for London’s leading sets? Like many of their solicitor counterparts, barristers are under pressure […]

No5 Chambers barristers act for Persimmon Homes in Lichfield planning case

Mrs Justice Patterson (Planning Court, sitting in Birmingham) handed down judgment in R (IM Properties) v Lichfield District Council on 18 July 2014. Jerry Cahill QC, Satnam Choongh and James Corbert Burcher from No5 Chambers acted for the second interested party, Persimmon Homes. The Lichfield District Local Plan: Strategy was submitted for examination in March […]

DLA Piper represents Clarion Partners in sale of LMF Frisa Comercial

DLA Piper has represented Clarion Partners in its sale of LMF Frisa Comercial, a commercial real-estate joint venture, to partner Frisa, a Mexican real-estate investment group. The transaction closed on 10 July and is valued at $207m (£122m). Clarion, a New York-based investment company, had owned 50 per cent of LMF Frisa Comercial, which includes […]

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