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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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Getting a piece of the American pie

When the Americans began encroaching on territory traditionally marked out by City firms, the reaction was apoplectic. But some small specialist players have now seen the potential for lucrative relationships with their US counterparts. When US firms first opened in London, it struck fear in the hearts of lawyers in the City who were terrified […]

Analysis

When Cadwalader Wickersham &Taft lost Paul Griffin to Herbert Smith, it not only put a question mark over the future of the firm’s projects group but also the direction of the London operation. Catrin Griffiths asks where the firm goes from here Remember Chadbourne & Parke? It offered lots of money, hired some people, they […]

Dickinson Dees steals head of private equity from Eversheds

Eversheds’ Newcastle head of private equity is jumping ship to join north-east rival Dickinson Dees. Equity partner Helen Tavorges is expected to join Dickinson Dees in August. She was at Wilkinson Maughan – which merged with Eversheds in 1997 – for 16 years. The appointment is part of Dickinson Dees’ ongoing plans to bolster its […]

One Essex Court suffers defection number five

Premier commercial set One Essex Court has lost another senior practitioner – its fifth departure in as many months. Michael Rollason, a senior junior specialising in commercial insolvency and company litigation, has quit to join rival “magic circle” set Brick Court Chambers. Rollason is rated as one of the top commercial senior juniors currently at […]

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