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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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Greenberg brings in GSK’s head of trademarks

Olswang’S US ally Greenberg Traurig has lured GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) global head of trademarks to boost its New York office. Scott Thompson joined the firm this month as a partner. It is expected that he will bring in GSK as a new client for the firm’s US IP practice. He will advise clients on global trademark […]

HBJ hires shipping expert

Litigation lawyer Jon Sharpe will join HBJ Gateley Wareing as a partner in its London office. Sharpe will join the shipping division of the firm from Shaw and Croft. He was previously a partner at TLT Solicitors and his expertise is in contentious marine and aviation matters and in insurance and reinsurance litigation in these […]

CFI to tighten the screw on market dominance abuse

Competition lawyers are predicting that Europe’s competition regulators will pursue abuse of dominance cases with renewed vigour now that Microsoft’s record fine has been upheld by Europe’s Court of First Instance (CFI). Last week (17 September) the CFI backed Microsoft’s record €497m (£345.33m) fine from 2004, which charged the software giant with abuse of dominant […]

HMRC squeezes more inheritance tax from middle classes

HM Revenue & Customs has announced that it will be investigating families who use the seven-year gift rule to reduce their Inheritance Tax bill. This comes at a time when the international trend is towards dropping estate taxes rather than raising them and shows that the Treasury is looking to recover yet more from Inheritance […]

Nomura names new general counsel

Nomura International has appointed Mark Chapman as its general counsel and executive committee member following the retirement of Terence Kyle in March. Chapman, who joined the bank as a solicitor in 2000, will lead a team of 48 lawyers and will report to president and CEO Yugo Ishida. Unlike his predecessor, Chapman will also be […]

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