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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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Anderson Strathern ties the knot with Kerr

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Partner trio makes way to Maxwell Winward

City firm Maxwell Winward has made its first round of lateral hires after it was formed via a merger between Maxwell Batley and Winward Fearon in April. Senior partner Raymond Levine said the firm was cautiously in growth mode, shoring up its real estate, construction and alternative dispute resolution practices in anticipation of the credit […]

Regulation: finding the right balance

The typical governmental response to any public crisis was best summed up by Sir Humphrey Appleby when he said: “Something must be done; this is something; therefore this must be done.” Government legislates because it can, because the public demands it and because it satisfies the need for action. The question as to whether the […]

Merging is a step too far for Herbies, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe

The definitive decision from management at Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe to dismiss merger talks out of hand has brought an end to months of speculation about how the allied firms would manage their futures. The definitive decision from management at Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe to dismiss merger talks out of hand […]

Simmons rebuilds Hong Kong team with new corporate star

Simmons & Simmons is putting its Hong Kong woes behind it and has made a key partner hire from Stephenson Harwood & Lo (SHL). Corporate partner Allen Wong has joined Simmons’ Hong Kong office, working under office head and global head of corporate Damon Le Maitre-George. Wong has particular experience in foreign direct investment and […]

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