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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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Norton Rose Islamic finance star joins Al Salam Bank

Bahrain’s Al Salam Bank has appointed rated Norton Rose Islamic finance associate Mohammed Paracha as its first general counsel. Paracha, 29, was Norton Rose’s senior Islamic finance associate, covering the Gulf states, Iran, Syria and Kazakhstan after moving to the Bahrain office in 2004 from London. Despite the loss of one of its brightest stars, […]

Norton Rose is floating on air

Norton Rose’s Mark Bankes should crack out the champagne this evening, assuming he has the energy. The corporate finance partner has just lived through a week that began with a float and ended with one of the year’s highest-profile takeover bids. Bankes is leading the Norton Rose team advising Aer Lingus – alongside Dublin firm […]

Sony BMG appeals merger clearance reversal

Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music are appealing against the Court of First Instance judgment, which overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between the two companies. The Commission cleared the merger between BMG and Sony, advised by Slaughter and May and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton respectively, in July 2004. However, […]

Scottish QC to launch English-style chambers

The first new set of Scottish advocates’ chambers to be founded for more than 50 years has been launched by two advocates setting out to provide a more innovative service. John Campbell QC, a member of Hastie Stable, and John Carruthers of Murray Stable say that the overly traditional nature of the Scottish bar has […]

Diageo shores up in-house nous

Bucking the trend of in-house consolidation, global drinks giant Diageo has moved to expand its worldwide in-house legal function, hiring its first Indian-based regional counsel and creating two new positions in China. The company hired Chetan Nagendra from the Bangalore office of local firm Amarchand Mangaldas. He becomes the fifth Asia-Pacific in-house lawyer for the […]

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