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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 […]

Criticism of the Government’s decision to introduce an extra death tax

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

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Merger launches Wragges into construction top five

Birmingham law firm, Wragge & Co has merged with a niche construction firm, catapulting its construction practice into the UK’s top five. The staff of six-partner firm Neil F Jones (NFJ), also Birmingham-based, will move into Wragges’ offices in November, to create an eight-partner, 30-lawyer construction team, operating under Wragges’ name. The takeover takes Wragges’ […]

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I am puzzled by Marlene Winfield’s attack on the new costs information rule in her article, “Too many loopholes spoil the rules” (The Lawyer, 27 September 1999). The new Practice Rule 15 is a significant step forward for consumers and was written following consultation with the National Consumer Council. Many of the points she raises […]

Shearman & Sterling takes 13 lawyers from Paris rival

Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office has poached 13 lawyers from rival firm Simeon & Associes for its M&A group. The haul includes three partners, Jacques Epstein, Cyrille Niedzielski and Jacques Wantz; European counsel Bernard Carrez, and nine associates. The exodus leaves five partners in Simeon’s M&A department. Emmanuel Gaillard, managing partner at Shearman & Sterling’s […]

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