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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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Exchange lures eight for annexe

Liverpool set Exchange Chambers is taking on the eight barristers leaving St James’s Chambers in Manchester. The team, led by Anthony Elleray QC, was revealed to be leaving last week (The Lawyer, 12 February). It will now join Exchange Chambers’ Manchester annexe. The group boosts the commercial and chancery team in the set to 19, […]

Deweys sacks twelve in NY economic slowdown

Dewey Ballantine is laying off 12 lawyers from its New York office as attrition rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The associates, who are from a variety of departments and levels of experience, were told last week that they are being what the firm describes as “outplaced”. Chairman Everett Jassy says […]

Hammonds opens in Berlin and Munich and to merge in France

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge has voted to take on a German team to set up offices in Berlin and Munich. It also approved a merger with Paris firm Hausmann & Associés (as revealed The Lawyer, 12 February). As revealed on The Lawyer’s website (www.thelawyer.co.uk), five partners from German firm Knauthe Paul Schmitt will […]

CC sets up joint venture with Japanese law firm

Clifford Chance is extending its Asian practice by forming a joint venture in Japan. The move will give the magic circle firm one of the biggest joint ventures in the country. Its Tokyo office already has 28 fee-earners, five of which are partners. The partner firm will be Tanaka & Akita, which is being created […]

Three's company

As stock markets competed for dominance in a year that witnessed momentous change around the world, the Benelux region was a key beneficiary of the legal spend that resulted from the upheaval. Events were marked by the merger of the Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris exchanges to create three-way exchange Euronext. Top Benelux firm Stibbe acted […]

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