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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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Hill Dickinson accepts voluntary redundancies in Liverpool

Around 60 staff have taken voluntary redundancy at Hill Dickinson’s Liverpool office, it has emerged today. In April the firm announced that it was kicking off a business review that could lead to job cuts in a move blamed on the tough economic climate (29 April 2013). Hill Dickinson said it would be reviewing its […]

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CC hires Latham’s Dubai funds partner for Singapore

Clifford Chance has hired Latham & Watkins’ head of investment funds in the Middle East and Africa Kai Schneider for its Singapore office. Schneider is currently a partner based in Latham & Watkins’ Dubai office. He will relocate to Singapore for his new role in Clifford Chance, where he will head the office’s funds and […]

Guide to extractive industries documents — oil and gas

The notion of the state sharing production of oil and gas with companies as part of a commercial enterprise was first developed in Bolivia in the 1950s. The production sharing contract (PSC) was introduced in Indonesia in 1966 and PSCs are now used widely to record arrangements for oil and gas exploration and production, particularly […]

Longstanding FT legal chief Bratton set to leave group

Financial Times (FT) general counsel Tim Bratton is set to leave the newspaper after nearly ten years at the helm of the publishing business’s legal team. Bratton joined the group from legacy Denton Wilde Sapte as a legal adviser for FT.com in 2000 and became legal manager responsible for UK print and online issues in […]

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