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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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Arthur Cox left reeling as three partners quit

Ireland’s leading corporate firm Arthur Cox has been rocked by the departure of three of the nine partners in its Northern Irish office. The firm’s corporate team has fragmented with the exits of partners Mark Thompson and Peter Stafford. The two partners are leaving to set up a new corporate and commercial boutique. Commercial property […]

Skadden scoops top spot for Q1 M&A

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has come top of mergermarket’s preliminary European M&A league tables after advising on four of the five biggest deals in the first quarter of 2006. The US firm acted on 13 deals worth EUR115bn. This included roles on the quarter’s biggest deal, Endesa’s EUR47bn takeover by E.ON, Arcelor’s proposed […]

House of Lords supports Muslim dress ban

Luton Borough Council’s legal team has won a victory in the House of Lords, supporting a school’s decision to exclude a pupil wearing Muslim dress. Shabina Begum was excluded from Denbigh High School in Luton for wearing a jilbab. The Court of Appeal ruled that the school had violated the Human Rights act. However this […]

Herbies’ in-house unit boosted by transfer of litigation partner

Herbert Smith has transferred a litigation partner into its in-house advocacy unit for the first time to work on the next stage of its development. Litigation partner Adam Johnson joins resident QCs Murray Rosen and Ian Gatt, as well as two associates and a trainee, in the unit, which was launched in May 2005. “I’ll […]

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Clifford Chance’s electoral stroll Clifford Chance‘s electoral stroll He’s only been in the job five minutes, but new Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs is already putting his stamp on the magic circle firm’s management. Since Childs’ appointment there have been two new departmental heads in London. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (14 March), Mark […]

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