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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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DLA sweats it out in Asia Pacific

Ruthlessness rules at DLA in Singapore, rubbing up against more subtle local ways DLA Piper is yet to make its fortune in Singapore after losing out on the city-state’s Qualifying Foreign Legal Practice (QFLP) licence for the second time in February. It has seen the exit of three partners in recent months, most recently global […]

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Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to run up a legal bill of £42m defending shareholder action over its £12bn rights issue, with Quinn Emanuel expected to join the action for Prudential, Standard Life and Legal & General. In a case management conference at the Rolls Building yesterday (17 September 2013), Mr Justice Hildyard was told […]

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Hogan Lovells to review stress management in wake of partner’s suicide

Hogan Lovells has pledged to examine its policies and procedures around workplace stress and mental health in the wake of the death of IP partner David Latham earlier this year. The inquest into Latham’s death opened yesterday (12 September) at Westminster Coroner’s Court. The Hogan Lovells partner threw himself under a tube train on 15 […]

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Kirkland launches in Beijing after gaining licence approval

Kirkland & Ellis has formally launched its Beijing office, just under six months after first seeking a licence to launch in the Chinese capital. The firm opened its doors in Beijing yesterday (16 September) and has chosen Shanghai chief representative partner Li Chuan and Hong Kong-based corporate partner David Zhang to spearhead the new operation. […]

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