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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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Jones Day swipes second BLP private equity partner months after McKeeve hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) corporate finance partner Michael Weir is to join the firm’s former global private equity head Raymond McKeeve at Jones Day. McKeeve, widely regarded as a leading private equity rainmaker, was hired by Jones Day in August (20 August 2013) after months of speculation surrounding his move. His exit marked the last […]

TMT legal update: government changes heart over TUPE reform

The eagerly awaited government response to its consultation over TUPE reform was issued last month and reveals that changes to the 2006 TUPE Regulations will not be as significant as suggested previously. The government response to its consultation over TUPE reform was issued in September 2013, with revised regulations expected to be laid before Parliament […]

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There is an ever-increasing administrative burden placed on today’s companies, particularly those with operations around the world. We have established a corporate secretarial team dedicated to assisting you with subsidiary entity management around the globe. Wherever in the world your companies are located, you need to know that your centralised business decisions are accurately implemented […]

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David Aitman: Freshfields’ fresh face

David Aitman was once told he’d never make it big in the law. Almost half a century later, the new global managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, would – very politely – beg to differ. At one time it certainly looked like he would take a very different path. In 1978 the softly spoken Aitman […]

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