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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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Hogan Lovells wins €500,000 cost in Eli Lilly patent dispute

Hogan Lovells has scooped half a million euros in costs from a successful intellectual property litigation in the French courts. Paris partner Dominique Ménard secured a substantial victory for pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly by defending its patent for a chemical compound process against rival company SAS Sandoz. French law firm Armenguad Guerlain represented the defeated […]

Bird & Bird adds five partners across Asian offices

Bird & Bird has added five partners to its Asian practice with four external appointments and one internal promotion. Two of the new partners are based in the firm’s Singapore office. They are Marcus Chow, formerly a director at Singaporean firm Drew & Napia, and Lorraine Tay, who joins from Baker & McKenzie’s Singapore office, […]

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Addleshaw Goddard promotes six to its partnership

Addleshaw Goddard has made up six new partners in its annual round of promotions. The firm made up the same number in 2011, while in 2010 it was slightly lower, at five. Of this year’s batch, four are based in London, while the others work out of the firm’s regional offices in Leeds and Manchester. […]

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Number crunching: Skadden

Data on US firms advising a UK target has highlighted the marked trend towards lower deal volumes since the zenith of 2007, with the occasional higher value matter thrown in. According to figures from Thomson Reuters taken from 2007 to the tail-end of 2011, US deals machine Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has been […]

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