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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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CC bags Allianz instruction as Freshfields is conflicted

Clifford Chance’s London office has had its first instruction from German private equity firm Allianz Capital Partners thanks to a conflict at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Allianz-backed nursing home business Four Seasons narrowly missed out to trade buyer Barchester on last week’s shotgun £525m auction of Westminster Healthcare. Allianz used Freshfields’ London office on the corporate aspects of its […]

Gold unveils new management structure at Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith’s senior partner elect David Gold has unveiled the new management structure he is hoping to install when he takes office next April. The radical restructure is expected to result in the creation of a role akin to that of a managing partner. Gold said that he is going to identify a partner to […]

Herbies head of litigation wins senior partner fight

Head of litigation David Gold has won the two-way race to become Herbert Smith’s next senior partner, beating practice partner Richard Fleck to the punch. Gold, backed by almost the entire litigation department – the firm’s traditional powerhouse – takes office in April. He succeeds Richard Bond for a five-year term. He will spend the […]

New Blackstone heads to target competition work

Blackstone Chambers’ newly-elected heads Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have a tough task building on the success of their predecessors at the top public and commercial law set. During their seven-year tenure, Presiley Baxendale QC and Charles Flint QC grew turnover by 77 per cent, trading on the set’s existing public law expertise […]

B&M, BLP, CMS scoop Accenture panel slots

Baker & McKenzie (B&M), Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna have won lucrative places on the panel of management consultancy and technology services giant Accenture. The lucky trio join incumbents Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) on Accenture’s preferred supplier list, which will be reviewed again in three […]

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