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Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds have scooped a joint instruction from private equity house 3i on its sale of Encon to Wolseley UK.

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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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Birmingham lobbyists demand senior judges

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Managing partner: Keith Gallon Turnover: £8m Total number of partners: 19 Total number of staff: 70 Main practice areas: Art, aviation and travel, commercial, commercial property, construction, corporate finance, insurance, IP and litigation/arbitration Key clients: ABB, Estée Lauder, Hyundai, Thames Water and Vodafone Number of offices: One Location: London “We believe there are real opportunities […]

Chadbourne doubles up in Russia

New York law firm Chadbourne & Parke has doubled its Russian presence, securing a three-lawyer team and the St Petersburg offices of Coudert Brothers to complement its other Coudert hires in Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Counsels Alexander Kalinov and Konstantin Osipov and associate Nonna Crane join Chadbourne in St Petersburg. Senior associate Ludmila Yegorova has also joined the US […]

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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has appointed James Cameron as a partner in its aviation finance team. Cameron joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s finance group. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has elected 10 new partners and six new counsel, with effect from 1 January 2006. The newly elected partners and counsel are based in nine […]

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