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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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Arnheim quits Landwell

Landwell’s former senior partner Chris Arnheim has left the firm just a few months after stepping down from the top job at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ accountancy-tied firm. In a surprise move last December, Arnheim moved into what the firm termed a “full-time client role”, despite the fact that he had done little fee-earning since joining Landwell at […]

Ince & Co lands Sinclair Roche shipping expert

Former Sinclair Roche & Temperley partner Michael Stockwood has joined Ince & Co‘s shipping team. He specialises in shipbuilding disputes and acts for shipowners, shipyards and banks, with a focus on Norway.

Global concern

Different countries have different priorities when it comes to international tax information exchange. Anthony Travers says the OECD is keeping a watchful eye on the offshore world During the past five years, offshore jurisdictions have become more respectable after being subjected to a series of initiatives that have introduced the highest standards of anti-money laundering […]

Lukoil forms adviser panel

Russian oil company Lukoil is setting up its first ever legal panel to regularise its process of firm selection for global work and reduce rates. Norton Rose and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are the traditional advisers and it is understood that White & Case has handled work for the oil giant out of […]

Full of spirit

Allied Domecq general counsel Len Quaranto is no stranger to billion-pound transactions. Husnara Begum talks to the man who’s expecting even more deals in the coming year Since Allied Domecq’s general counsel and company secretary Len Quaranto joined the group in August 2001, the international spirits, wine and fast food restaurant business has been on […]

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