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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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Deal of the week – easyjet Norton Rose conflict gifts EasyJet to Herbert Smith

Norton Rose conflict gifts EasyJet to Herbert Smith Norton Rose and Herbert Smith have both pulled off crucial deals for low-cost airline EasyJet.A Norton Rose team advised EasyJet on a follow-on equity offering expected to raise more than £90m. Partners Mark Lloyd Williams and Rich Baumann, both of whom advised EasyJet on its flotation last […]

Badhams merger focuses on insurance

A merger between part of Badhams and niche professional indemnity firm Williams Davies Meltzer has created a new insurance firm called Plexus Law. Badhams’ London and Croydon offices will continue under the existing brand. They will concentrate on fast-track and general claims workThe new seven-partner firm will comprise Badhams’ commercial risks and losses practice and […]

Allen & Overy in Greek securitisation hat trick

Allen & Overy (A&O) advised the Hellenic Republic on its third securitisation of receivables in Greece.The deal involved s2bn (£1.37bn) of receivables from lottery tickets.The firm was approached by the banks in the summer and was also brought in to advise the Republic. Fresh-fields Bruckhaus Deringer was brought in at execution stage to advise the […]

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