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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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DLA Piper has received two Americas Tax Awards from International Tax Review, a publication dedicated to international tax strategy. The firm was named 2014 International Law Firm of the Americas for the fifth consecutive year and Los Angeles Tax Firm of the Year for the second time in three years. The Americas Tax Awards recognise […]

Corporate exit puts a downer on the party at KWMSJB

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) should be in celebration mode, as the firm prepares to blow out its first birthday candles following its mega-merger last November. But the news of yet another private equity partner exit from its City base is likely to dampen spirits somewhat. And this time, it’s a particularly big […]

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Barnea & Co offers a comprehensive service to lenders, borrowers, advisers and other intermediaries. We represent banks, finance companies, private investment funds and financial institutions both in Israel and abroad. The firm provides a full range of legal services in a variety of matters, including advising clients in complex financing transactions, representing clients in a […]

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Express Solicitors hits £8.7m turnover for the first time

Manchester-based Express Solicitors reported a 21 per cent increase in fee income over the last 12 months, with end of year figures increasing from £7.2m in 2012/13 to a record £8.7m in 2013/14. The personal injury firm, which was granted an ABS licence in April 2014, merged with local firm Lavin Copitch Solicitors last year. […]

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