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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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How pleasant it is to see law firms displaying the Christmas spirit. A recent double-page advertisement in the FT on behalf of Crisis named all the firms which had donated their Christmas card budgets to the homeless charity. Such are lawyers’ delicate dispositions that they wouldn’t want to shout about how much they give to […]

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Cazenove plans partial IPO. Cazenove advised by Slaugher and May (Stephen Cooke).

Leading Wilson Sonsini partner leaves to join venture capitalist

Barry Taylor to spearhead Warburg Pincus’drive into Silicon Valley; fourth Wilson Sonsini partner this year to jump ship Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is losing another top partner to the the venture capitalists. Barry Taylor, a member of the firm’s executive committee with responsibility for compensation, is joining long-standing client Warburg Pincus. […]

New media partners for Akin Gump

Steve Fayne and John Burke boast an impressive client list including the Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank. In recent years the pair have branched out and now advise producers, distributors and studios on financing. The move comes just days after Akin Gump announced the labour lawyer, Howard Fabrick – poached from Proskauer Rose […]

Brobeck opens Munich practice with IT focus

US firm swoops on Germany; nets four partners for January launch US firm, Brobeck Hale and Dorr is opening an office in Munich, as it continues to target European technology centres. A total of four Munich-based corporate technology lawyers will join the firm as partners when the office opens on 1 January 2001. Hubert Besner, […]

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