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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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Armed robbers taken down by No5 Chambers barristers

David Mason QC, Michelle Heeley and Richard Gibbs, members of No5 Chambers Crime Group have prosecuted a gang who attempted to raid a cashpoint, and led police on a high-speed chase in September last year. The gang were attempting to break into an ATM machine in Kenilworth but used the wrong tools and woke up local residents. […]

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A&O makes up nine women in largest promotions round for three years

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 22 lawyers to its partnership worldwide, including nine women, in its largest promotions round in three years. The increase in female lawyers, which represents 40.1 per cent of the total promotions, comes after the firm considered introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 to better promote […]

Endless roadside rescue buyout: Walker Morris team on the case

Walker Morris has delivered for Endless on its FMG investment. A multidisciplinary team of lawyers at Walker Morris advised outsourced management specialist Endless on its investment in the management buyout of incident management and roadside recovery company FMG. FMG specialises in providing outsourced incident management services for a range of clients including insurance companies, corporates and […]

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Trowers gains licence to become first qualified foreign firm in Malaysia

Trowers & Hamlins has become the first firm to be granted a qualified foreign law firm (QFLF) licence in Malaysia after changes to the way foreign firms can practise in the country last June. The licence was approved by the Malaysian Bar Council and is effective from 4 April 2015. It will last three years, […]

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Dentons-McKenna Long tie-up: why it took 18 months to seal the deal

Dentons is basking in the victory of finally sealing the deal with McKenna Long & Aldridge yesterday following failed merger negotiations with the firm two years ago. But was it worth the wait? It is less than four months since Dentons, with great fanfare, announced it was to become the world’s largest law firm through […]

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