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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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French diss

Thanks to Clintons for inviting Tulkinghorn down to the tenth annual HMV football extravaganza at the Grosvenor House Hotel last Tuesday (29 March). The event, which featured well-known sports liggers Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw as one of the sponsors, raised more than £600,000 for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity. The occasion was also marked […]

Separated at birth

The BBC’s Question Time last Thursday (31 March) was graced by the presence of Tom Wheadon, Simmons & Simmons partner and expert on GSM Gateways. Wheadon was an outstanding guest, defending his ‘leader’ Michael Howard’s dismissal of Tory MPs for having an opinion (Howard Flight, what were you thinking?) and somehow holding himself back from […]

Fournier and Solvay pick Freshfields and Skadden

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s Paris offices are sharing the spoils as the French pharmaceutical sector continues its consolidation. Skadden’s Paris co-head Pierre Servan-Schreiber is advising new client Fournier Pharma, one of France’s largest pharmaceutical companies, on its €1.3bn (£900m) acquisition by Belgian pharmaceuticals company Solvay. Servan-Schreiber won the work after a […]

PSMG launches major study on business development

The Professional Services Marketing Group (PSMG) last night (4 April) ratified a decision to launch a major research study on measuring the effectiveness of business development.According to co-chair Chris Hinze, the board was in “universal agreement” on designing a study among professional services firms to measure the return on investment in business development.Mark King, co-chair […]

How to get your women back

Businesses need women and women want to work. So what’s the problem? By Elaine Aarons The character of Lynette in Channel 4’s Desperate Housewives will strike a chord for many women in the legal profession. Why did this highly qualified woman give up her successful career to stay at home and look after the children? […]

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