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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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Fujitsu frees up European counsel

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Alston & Bird to launch two west coast bases

Alston & Bird is targeting a simultaneous launch of two offices this week on the US west coast. Partners at the Atlanta-based firm are expected to be voting either later today or tomorrow on the hire of a group of IP lawyers from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Silicon Valley office. The firm is […]

SRA starts Clementi revolution with LDP structures

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to change its Code of Conduct in reaction to the regulatory demands of the Legal Services Act. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to change its Code of Conduct in reaction to the regulatory demands of the Legal Services Act 2007. The modifications to the Code will include […]

Ticket to ride

The Law Society’s send-off for its recently departed president Andrew Holroyd may not have quite lived up to his expectations. According to one of Tulkinghorn’s ever-­watchful moles, newly appointed president Paul Marsh told dinner guests that Holroyd wanted “a true Scouser party” to say goodbye to the Law ­Society. Unfortunately, there was no Beatles cover […]

Davis Polk, Latham take lead as Roche sets sights on Genentech

Two US firms have snared lead roles on Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche’s $43.7bn (£21.88bn) bid for US drug giant Genentech. Davis Polk & Wardwell New York partners Arthur Golden, Chris Mayer and Peter Douglas are advising Roche, which acquired a 55.9 per cent stake in Genentech in 1990. While Latham & Watkins is yet to […]

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