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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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The rules of public international law have long placed restrictions on the measures that a state can take against the property or person of foreign nationals. One area in which the international rules are well developed is in relation to the protection of foreign investments. International agreements between states establish protections by “internationalising” the applicable […]

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Tom Henderson and Rodney Bickerthwaite, both bedecked in tuxedos, are discussing disturbing recent events in the City… Henderson: It’s effectively vanished. One minute Biddle was on our radar screens. The next minute nothing… thin air. Bickerthwaite: Like when satellites went missing in the Bond film Moonraker? Henderson: That’s the analogy we’re trying to set up, […]

Watson Farley wins two partners from DJ Freeman

Leading asset finance firm Watson Farley & Williams has recruited two partners from DJ Freeman. Tax partner Christopher Comyn and corporate partner Jonathan Martin are still negotiating their departure dates. They will join Watson Farley as partners. Comyn and Martin say that the main reason for their departures is to take advantage of Watson Farley’s […]

CC Pünder partner quits to join A&O

Allen & Overy‘s Frankfurt office has poached a corporate partner from rival firm Clifford Chance Pünder. Henning Mennenöh, who will join Allen & Overy on 1 March, is an M&A lawyer with particular experience in international work. He has also been active in training and recruitment at Clifford Chance Pünder and will continue in a […]

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