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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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McDermotts nabs Theodores partner

US Firm McDermott Will & Emery has poached a leading tax partner from Theodore Goddard. Tim Sanders, who is currently head of tax at Theodore Goddard, has been with the firm since 1992. But McDermotts’ London office has snapped up Sanders in a bid to bolster its tax group, which practises UK law. Sanders will […]

Freshfields lures Belgian tax expert

Freshfields has taken Loeff Claeys Verbeke’s head of tax in an attempt to boost its Belgian practice. Axel Haelterman joins as a partner after more than 12 years at the leading Belgian practice. He is regarded as one of the country’s leading tax practitioners and is a professor of tax law at the University of […]

Apacs general counsel leaves for LCH position

General counsel of Apacs Susan Ward is quitting her post to take up a similar role at the London Clearing House (LCH). Apacs, the Association for Payment Clearing Services, is the UK payment clearing and money transmission organisation. It is responsible for the management and development of the principal electronic and cheque clearings. LCH currently […]

Rakisons' merger talks break down

Merger talks between City firm Rakisons and US firm Leboeuf Lamb Greene & Macrae have broken down following last week’s departure of Rakisons’ head of telecoms (The Lawyer, 7 February). The talks had reached “advanced stages”. It is understood the firms had exchanged financial information. Sources say that Leboeufs has been looking for a telecoms […]

Norton Rose raids Davis Polk

Richard Baumann, an associate in the American firm’s London office, moves to Norton Rose as a partner in April

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