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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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Lovells promotes nineteen to partnership

Lovells has elected 19 new partners to take effect from 1 May, bringing the total number of partners worldwide to 334 across 26 offices in Europe, Asia and the US. Nine of the newly elected partners will be based in London, two in Munich, two in Frankfurt, and one in each of the Chicago, New […]

Lovells' former Spanish beau in hunt for new merger

Albiñana & Suarez De Lezo (formerly Melchor de las Heras) has announced that it is back in the market for a merger after talks with Lovells fizzled out last year.When the Lovells talks finished, the firm announced that it wanted to remain independent, but it has now said that it is open to offers.“Our position […]

CC's Italian furore takes a twist as Chessa opts to remain with firm

Clifford Chance’s wranglings with its Italian partners took another turn last week when it emerged that senior banking partner Luigi Chessa has been persuaded to stay with the magic circle firm.Chessa is understood to be a likely frontrunner for the new managing partner role, which Clifford Chance wants to introduce in Italy.However, Italian senior partner […]

Camerons and Dentons lose out in Crown Estate reshuffle

CMS Cameron McKenna and Denton Wilde Sapte have both lost out in a rejig of the most important Crown Estate panel.The competitive reten-dering of work for the commercial urban estates of Crown Estate, the most significant asset in the portfolio, saw the two heavyweights lose important ground to smaller players.Berwin Leighton Paisner, Burges Salmon and […]

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