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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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BLG creates associate director level

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has introduced a new management level of associate director in a review of career paths at the firm. BLG made up 36 associates to associate director in the first round, establishing the new role as sitting between associate and partner. The role was created this year as part of BLG’s […]

Fox Williams nets AIM specialists

Fox Williams has raided Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault for a three-lawyer team to create a dedicated AIM group within its corporate practice. Corporate finance partner Richie Clark leaves McCarthy after six years to join Fox Williams, bringing with him corporate associates James Channo and Claire Price. Clark alone has guided clients on more than 40 […]

Emerging economies

Emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China are making full use of offshore jurisdictions. Traditional economic giants such as the US and UK need to keep up, says Daniel Mackelden The last decade has been marked by enormous changes in the distribution of wealth across the globe, driven primarily by the increased globalisation of economies. […]

Freshfields and Linklaters scoop Terra Firma infrastructure deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters advised on the latest infrastructure deal that saw private equity house Terra Firma sell a 50 per cent stake in a German motorway service station operator to Deutsche Bank’s infrastructure arm. Corporate partner David Higgins at Freshfields advised RREEF, the US infrastructure division of Deutsche Bank, on the sale of […]

Orrick raids Katten Muchin to boost real estate practice

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has strengthened its New York office with a double partner hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman. The firm has brought in real estate partners Marc Shapiro and Jill Block, following on from the capture of former Weil Gotshal & Manges partner Alan Pomerantz in May from real estate investment company ERE Advisors. […]

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