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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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Global turnover and PEP nudge up at Latham for 2013

Latham & Watkins has posted a 2.7 per cent rise in total turnover along with a 1.9 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2013 financial year. Turnover reached $2.28bn last year while PEP hit $2.49m, compared to $2.23bn and $2.44m the year before. Revenue per lawyer also rose, by […]

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The office environment can make or break a merger. So what is the formula for this function’s success? The office environment can cause most grief than any other issue, particularly post-merger. “Facilities management and property costs are the second highest expense for most law firms,” highlights Pinsent Masons senior facilities manager Dave Ash, who was […]

Australia: Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013

By Ellen Williamson and Emma Bloomer The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 was introduced into parliament on 14 November 2013. The stated aim of the bill is to substantially replicate the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (Cth) (BCII Act). In light of recent press regarding alleged corruption and links between […]

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