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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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Firms enter three-way Russian IPO battle

Ashurst, Linklaters and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are battling it out to advise newly merged Russian aluminium giants Rusal and Sual on the merged entity’s proposed London listing. The battle follows the three firms’ plum roles on the $30bn (£16.15bn) tripartite merger of Rusal, domestic rival Sual and Swiss commodities trader Glencore’s alumina business, announced […]

Latham steps in to help Alliance Boots on distribution contract

The London office of Latham & Watkins has completed its first outsourcing deal for Alliance Boots, advising the health group on its unique distribution agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Latham has been working with Boots for eight months, but this mandate is the first for the Alliance UniChem side of the business. Boots merged with […]

Clough justice

Tulkinghorn had occasion the other day to be chatting to the delightful Geldards East Midlands’ senior partner David Williams, who counts among his clients the now-oxymoronic Derby County Football Club. It was not always thus. The Rams were once high-flying, championship-winning greats. The reason? One Brian Clough. Jump forward a few years and Williams found […]

Herbies raids Norton Rose for Dubai launch

Norton Rose’s Middle Eastern operations have been hit by the imminent departure of Dubai finance partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir to launch Herbert Smith’s new Dubai offering. The defections halve Norton Rose’s Dubai partnership, leaving behind Graeme Muir and recent recruit Tahir Ahmed. Herbert Smith has been examining the possibilities of opening a Dubai […]

Northern light

Northern Ireland has come of age. As it prospers beyond recognition, Patrick Fleming looks at how public sector infrastructure is benefiting As recently as the mid-1990s, the pace of economic growth in Northern Ireland was negligible. Decades of civil unrest and failed peace talks discouraged the private sector from investing, while the public sector spent […]

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