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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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Can London defend its position to act solely on an arbitration, or can a party break the agreement and switch to an EU member state if it is more favourable to its cause? Roger Hopkins and Ben Horn report Parties opt for arbitration for a variety of reasons. First and foremost they make a decision […]

Bond Pearce sees profit slump after panel losses

Bond Pearce sees profit slump after panel losses” />Bristol-based Bond Pearce has recorded a sharp dip in profitability, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) tumbling by 17 per cent. Equity partners at the firm will take home an average of £30,000 less each this year following a slide in PEP to £150,000 from last […]

DLA Piper takes on NHS trust PFI work

DLA Piper has advised three Peterborough NHS trusts on a PFI healthcare project that will include a new 612-bed acute hospital, a 102-bed mental health unit and an integrated care centre with 34 specialist rehabilitation beds. DLA Piper advised the trusts on all aspects of the funding and management, with finance and projects partner Nick […]

A&O’s record year triggers new bonus

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) London associates are set for a bonus of up to £23,100 following the firm’s record financial performance this year. According to the new bonus scheme, which went live in May this year, associates who meet the relevant competency requirements are in line for between 50 and 75 per cent of a […]

Pensions Regulator’s ruling promotes responsible parenting

How Hammonds and Sackers found themselves at the heart of the M&A world. By Margaret Taylor Pensions lawyers are flavour of the month. In June the Pensions Regulator finally awoke from its three-year slumber to take the corporate world by storm. It told Bermuda-based Sea Containers, which owns Sea Container Services, the UK company responsible […]

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