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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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Ashurst has added 15 new members to its global partnership, in its first integrated promotions round since its formal tie-up with Ashurst Australia went live on 1 November 2013. Of these 15, five are based in the UK and four in the firm’s Australian offices. Two have been promoted in Madrid, with Paris, Frankfurt, Abu […]

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European moves: 1 May 2014

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Loyens & Loeff has rejigged its executive board, with banking and finance chair Willem Jarigsma succeeding Maarten van der Weijden as managing partner. Board member Hamith Breedveld is retiring and will be succeeded by tax adviser Fred van der Leije. […]

Nationwide hires HSBC GC Keith Ford to replace Kelly

Nationwide Building Society has named HSBC’s global general counsel Keith Ford as the replacement to its longstanding general counsel Liz Kelly. Kelly, who was appointed general counsel in 2007, resigned in October but remained in her post to oversee the introduction of a delayed general panel review (13 October 2013). Her second in command, deputy […]

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Herbies focuses on London in 23-strong promos round

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added 23 associates to its partnership, with almost half of those made up based in London.  Among the new partners, 11 are based in London, one in Paris, seven in the firm’s Australia offices, two in Hong Kong and one each in Shanghai and Singapore. In comparison, the firm promoted just […]

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