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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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The web: let your clients tap into you

A large number of smaller law firms still do not have a website. Margaret Manning reports on how to use this marketing gift horse to the best possible effect During the recent project to redesign the Law Society’s website, the internet development business Reading Room became aware of how few lawyers actually have a website, […]

Blackstone gifts CC first-time instruction on care home deal

Clifford Chance has sealed its first major UK deal for Blackstone Capital Partners (BCP), advising on the private equity firm’s recommended bid for care home business NHP. The magic circle firm secured the instruction thanks partly to a conflict at Ashurst, which was advising the target, NHP. Ashurst declined to comment, but it is understood […]

Laytons duo head for rivals after Bristol review

Laytons’ South West rivals have scooped up two partners from its Bristol arm in the wake of a management review designed to address flagging profitability in Laytons’ Bristol office. TLT Solicitors has hired a four-lawyer team from Laytons’ commercial department. Laytons commercial partner and head of the trade and technology group Perran Jervis joined the firm last […]

CC capital markets partner quits for Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is beefing up its UK capital markets practice with the hire of former Clifford Chance partner Alan Bannister. Bannister, a US-qualified lawyer, specialises in advising major investment banks and European corporates on US capital markets transactions. He joined Gibson Dunn yesterday (6 December).

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The FSA has widened its scope to include the regulation of insurance brokers. Michael Wainwright highlights the changes On 31 October 2004, there was a change in the rules regarding the regulation of financial advisers. It meant that more than 30,000 firms (ie businesses that are regulated or will require regulation) and individual advisers required […]

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