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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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Tony Wales: AOL Europe

The multiplicity of issues arising out of the sell-off of part of AOL Europe’s business last year ensured general counsel Tony Wales and his team were kept on their toes. By Matt Byrne If there is one message that AOL Europe general counsel Tony Wales is determined to communicate, it is that he still exists. […]

Slaughters plays catch-up with new associate salaries

Slaughter and May has finally announced a pay hike for its associates, coming in just behind the majority of the magic circle. The long-anticipated announcement, the firm’s second in six months, sees Slaughters gift its newly qualified associates (NQs) a 5.8 per cent rise, taking base salary to £63,500 from where it stood at £60,000. […]

New Linklaters hire named joint boss in Italy

Linklaters has named a new hire as its co-managing partner for Italy, with former Pedersoli partner Andrea Arosio assuming the role. Arosio, a banking and finance partner, joined the firm just two months ago from Italian independent Pedersoli, together with capital markets partner Dario Longo (see The Lawyer, 15 February). Arosio and Longo moved to […]

Bingham seals eighth merger for West Coast push

US firm Bingham McCutchen has merged with Los Angeles firm Alschuler Grossman, increasing its litigation capabilities. Alschuler Grossman, which will add 40 lawyers to Bingham’s Los Angeles office, is well know for its work on high profile litigation cases. This is the eighth merger for Bingham and the second in 2007: the other being a […]

A&O provides quickest route to partnership

The promotions round for 2007 has revealed that it takes an average of 8.6 years of PQE for UK associates in the top 10 UK firms to be promoted to the partnership, a rise of almost a year compared with promotions in 2004. This also represents a slight rise on the previous year, when it […]

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