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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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A&O senior associates in line for £200,000

Magic circle firm launches new financial package in bid to retain talent Senior associates at Allen & Overy (A&O) could earn up to £200,000 as part of a complete overhaul of the magic circle firm’s career structure. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com last Thursday (12 October), A&O has abolished its current bonus system and will […]

A&O causes dismay over salary survey

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) salary hike for associates has understandably sent rival firms into a spin as the market inevitably rushes to keep pace and match the increase. But the rise has had far wider implications than just those for the law firms. Consider the plight of one poor City recruitment firm, which had painstakingly […]

Lovells adds Christian Salvesen to client roster

Lovells’ real estate team has received a boost after picking up new client Christian Salvesen, a European logistics company. Lovells advised Christian Salvesen on a £47.5m sale-and-leaseback arrangement with Carisbrooke Investments for a number of its UK properties. The deal closed in late September. Carisbrooke was advised by Herbert Smith, with real estate partner Jeremy […]

It’s just not cricket

Tulkinghorn popped along to the Oval last week, the scene of many historic cricketing moments, such as Michael Vaughan finally lifting the Ashes or DLA Piper sports lawyer Mark Gay going in to bat for Pakistan (or at least its captain Inzamam ul-Haq over the ball-tampering affair. But unfortunately for Tulkinghorn, there was not a […]

E&Y appoints new legal chief

Ernst & Young has announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become the next UK general counsel, replacing Victoria Cochrane to head up the 10-member in-house legal team.Cochrane is to focus on her new role in E&Y’s quality and risk managem… Ernst & Young have announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become […]

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