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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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UBS Warburg fills head of Europe role

UBS Warburg is hiring a European general counsel. The post has been vacant for nearly a year. Sally James is returning to the department after a spell as a bursar at the University of Cambridge, before which she was deputy head of legal for Swiss Bank Corporation, which merged with UBS in 1998.She is filling […]

Hammonds storms Wildes' partnership

Finance partners defect; Hammonds’ deBT recovery department boosted Hammond Suddards Edge is taking on finance partners from niche factoring and invoice discounting firm Wilde & Partners, leaving the firm decimated.The Lawyer understands that five partners intend to move to Hammonds, leaving Wildes with only three partners and bringing Hammonds’ total partner count to 218. Hammonds […]

Singapore to consider MDP introduction

Singapore’s legal fraternity is considering proposals for further liberalisation of the legal sector. Multidisciplinary practices (MDPs), providing legal and accounting advice, have been the subject of speculation following a preliminary report by Singapore’s Chief Justice Yong Pung How.The report, prepared by the Justices’ Law Clerks’ Pool, suggests that last year’s decision to permit local and […]

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Poor old Clifford Chance. The competition practice has hardly been having an easy time of it recently, what with head of department Chris Bright jumping ship to join Shearman & Sterling and now its highest profile piece of work is falling apart around its ears. To say that it should have foreseen the European Commission’s […]

Building for the future

DJ Freeman head of property Susan Hall has no qualms that her firm is replacing maturity with youth. To her, it’s all part of the bigger picture

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