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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 […]

Criticism of the Government’s decision to introduce an extra death tax

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

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Plowden Buildings calls in the cavalry

Plowden Buildings has appointed a practice manager on the advice of its overstretched senior clerk Paul Hurst. The common law set practices in London and on the North East circuit and, according to Hurst, it was becoming increasingly difficult to both promote and clerk the chambers. “My being out in Newcastle two or three days […]

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In brief: Headhunter's AIM launch is a good move

Longbridge International has become the first legal headhunter to launch on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), enjoying success with a growth of 18 per cent on the offer price in the first two weeks.

Chambers beckon to retiring judge

Retiring judge Gerald Butler QC has taken the unusual step of returning to his old chambers to practise, after spotting a gap in the legal market for media and entertainment arbitration. Butler left One Essex Court to sit on the bench in 1982, becoming Presiding Judge at Southwark Crown Court for 13 years before retiring […]

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