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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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There are many options when trying to raise liquidity. David Drewienka provides an expert analysis of the pros and cons of each With strong-performing share incentive schemes and a buoyant stock market, lawyers are increasingly seeing some of their more affluent clients becoming overexposed to a single equity position. In such circumstances investors either requiring […]

Well-oiled defence wins genocide case

Despite George Clooney’s best efforts at the UN on Thursday (14 September), last week was better for oil companies than those campaigning against genocide in Sudan. A group led by the Presbyterian Church of Sudan failed in the first US human rights case of its kind against Canadian oil giant Talisman. The plaintiffs sued Talisman, […]

Another Freshfields partner quits in Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost rated corporate finance partner to Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz. According to Juve, corporate finance partner Eckhard Martin, who spent 12 years at Freshfields, moved to the German firm Norr Steifenhofer Lutz earlier this week. Martin said: “After ten years of being a partner at Freshfields I am ready for a new […]

Unilever ditches local counsel as part of in-house legal restructure

Unilever has overhauled its internal legal team, scrapping local general counsel in favour of a matrix reporting system for senior in-house lawyers. The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate is also set to slash its legal bills after re-evaluating the way it works with outside counsel. The changes look set to benefit firms with extensive international networks. Katrina Burchill, […]

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