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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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Jones Day takes on Orrick’s former Asia chief

Orrick’s former Asia managing partner and China office leader Michelle Taylor has joined Jones Day’s Hong Kong office. Taylor, formerly with Orrick’s Hong Kong office, focuses her practice on structured finance, real estate finance, debt capital markets and general banking and securitisation. She has 20 years of experience in these fields and has led some […]

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Shakespeares revenue shoots up after Harvey Ingram merger

Shakespeares has posted revenue of £39.6m for the financial year 2012/13, up 34 per cent from £29.6m in 2011/12 following its latest merger in September. The unaudited figures place net profit for the year at £11m and profit per equity partner (PEP) at £220,000, up 13.4 per cent on last year’s £194,000. In September, Shakespeares […]

Baker & McKenzie makes up 71 in global promos as City gains one

Baker & McKenzie has made up 71 partners across its global network, eight more than last year, bringing its total to 1,450 partners worldwide. The promotions, which take effect today (1 July), are spread across six continents – 19in Asia Pacific, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, nine in Latin America, and 18 in North […]

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City support staff hit as Edwards Wildman makes firmwide cuts

Edwards Wildman Palmer has cut eight support roles from its London office following a firmwide review of costs that has so far seen 35 support jobs go.  The redundancy consultation, ongoing at the time of writing, was kicked off in May and has so far only impacted support roles. An insider at the firm stressed […]

Addleshaws’ opposing move

Addleshaw Goddard’s savvy move in snapping up Skadden Arps litigatorKambiz Larizadeh – who appeared on the other side in the mammoth Berezovsky v Abramovich case – is an apt reminder that legal innovation is not be the sole preserve of volume private client businesses. While City litigators are in a better position than most in […]

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