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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have won advisory roles on a eurobond issued by Rosneft raising €3bn (£1.87bn), as the Russian oil group seeks to finance its $55bn buyout of TNK-BP. The deal, which Rosneft said was its first eurobond issue, is structured in two tranches. Rosneft will issue around $1bn (£620m) in a five-year […]

FCPA update — December 2012

An update on issues arising from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index DOJ and SEC discussions on FCPA guidance and current enforcement issues, and news from the BRICs. Click on the link above to download this Debevoise & Plimpton briefing.

Law firm trio advises as British Land fills up West End development

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Autonomy founder turns to Clifford Chance over HP controversy

Clifford Chance has been instructed by Autonomy founder Mike Lynch amid allegations of accounting irregularities prior to the UK software group’s takeover by Hewlett-Packard (HP) last year. The magic circle firm confirmed its role advising the entrepreneur and other former management figures at Autonomy, which has been the subject of claims of impropriety, misrepresentation and […]

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