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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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Cadwalader’s sole leveraged finance partner quits

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lost finance star Christopher Kandel to White & Case, leaving the firm with no partner-level leveraged finance capability. The bank debt specialist joined Cadwalader’s London office in 2002 from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Prior to that, he was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers. His departure from Cadwalader follows […]

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US attorney-generals gang up on WTO gambling ruling

Attorney-generals from 29 US states have expressed serious concerns about the impact of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) landmark ruling on internet gaming. In a letter sent last month to the US Ambassador to the WTO, the attorney-generals call for the US to take the unprecedented step of withdrawing the gaming sector from the country’s commitment to the […]

Freshfields storms Barclays panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed a place on Barclays’ general advisory panel after the conclusion of the banking giant’s review of external legal advisers. The appointment is a coup for Freshfields as it narrowly missed out on winning a place on the coveted panel when it was last reviewed in summer 2003. The magic circle […]

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