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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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Magic circle rides the wave of debt issue popularity

It is not just corporate lawyers that have reason to cheer the M&A boom. The increasing use of capital markets to raise funds for acquisitions has given a fillip to the debt markets. A year-on-year comparison shows that, for the first six months of 2006, lawyers advised on 3,711 debt issues, compared with 3,456 during […]

Burges Salmon reveals 13 per cent PEP increase

South West firm Burges Salmon has seen its profit per equity partner (PEP) fall below rival Osborne Clarke for the first time in five years despite posting a 13 per cent rise in PEP. PEP grew to £410,000 at Burges Salmon in the 2005-06 financial year compared with £363,000 in 2004-05. However, Osborne Clarke’s PEP […]

CC raids Freshfields for Amsterdam finance team

Clifford Chance has moved to increase its Amsterdam finance and capital markets offering, taking three lawyers from magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The firm has hired two senior associates and a junior from the Amsterdam office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Sander Klaasen and Robert Masman will join as senior associates in August, while Wouter […]

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