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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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National firms turn away from international promotions in 2014

National firms have turned their attention to growth at home in this year’s partner promotions round, with a 15 percentage point drop in the number of new partners working in UK firms’ overseas offices. Research for this week’s cover feature shows that between 2012 and 2014, an average of 66.6 per cent of newly-promoted partners […]

Allen & Overy advises ING and NN Group on IPO of up to 77 million ordinary shares

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised ING and NN Group on the initial public offering (IPO) of up to 77 million ordinary shares of NN Group through ING (the selling shareholder). This includes the exchange into NN Group shares of €450m (£360m) of mandatorily subordinated notes, and excluding the exercise of the over-allotment option gross […]

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Fieldfisher breaks £100m barrier with turnover of £104m

Revenue at Fieldfisher has broken through the £100m barrier for the first time hitting £104m, an increase of 9.5 per cent on £95m for 2012/13. Fieldfisher also reported a 12 per cent rise in net profit, from £21m to £23.5m in 2013/14 – its highest point since the £26m recorded in 2007/08. Meanwhile, its average […]

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Promo nation: national firms’ investment priorities revealed

UK firms have focused this year’s partner promotions on home, but which cities and practice areas dominate investment? The pattern of partner promotions at national firms over the past three years signals a cooling of the love affair with overseas growth, as they turn their attention to home. The overall geographic split for appointments between […]

Goodman Derrick assists in establishment of independent press monitor

Goodman Derrick has been commissioned to assist in the establishment of IMPRESS: the Independent Monitor for the Press.  Launched in December 2013, the IMPRESS Project is aimed at establishing a press regulator that is independent of both newspaper owners and politicians.  With the support of journalists and free-speech campaigners including Sir Harold Evans, Lisa Appignanesi […]

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