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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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Bird & Bird launches Düsseldorf practice

Bird & Bird has launched its first German office with eight partners from the Düsseldorf office of Andersen Luther The team is led by Ander-sen CEO Wolfgang von Meibom, who joined with a team form Wessing last year. Meibom, who will be chairman of the new office, takes with him Klaus-Juergen Michaeli, Alexander Schroeder-Frerkes, Jan […]

Deals summary

Herbert Smith (Stephen Wisking, Jonathan Scott), has obtained European Commission merger clearance for Andersen’s UK merger with Deloitte & Touche. The deal, which was entered into on 9 April 2002, was cleared by the commission on 1 July 2002. Macfarlanes (Charles Meek, Stephen Drewitt) advised 3i on a £35m funding package for Partners for Finance, […]

Deals summary

Baker Botts advised Pride Offshore, a subsidiary of Pride International, on a $250m (£163m) syndicated secured revolving credit facility. Agent bank and lender Crédit Lyonnais advised by Herbert Smith (Jason Fox) and Bracewell & Paterson (Mark Evans, Richard Rice). Herbert Smith (Jane Borrows) advised Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) on the restructuring of its regulatory […]

What's the damage?

With the time looming for firms to renew their professional indemnity cover, Deborah Talbot looks at three recent cases that may have an impact on how much you pay

Wet suits

Tulkinghorn is always fascinated by what those crazy types at Slaughter and May are up to. After all, it’s nothing but a rollercoaster ride of fun in Bunhill Row at the moment. So he was particularly happy to bring you the latest instalment of the saga of the pond in reception. If you recall, this […]

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