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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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Stress survey: Majority of firms lack support systems for stressed employees

The majority of law firms have no stress management initiatives in place, a survey conducted by The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B has revealed. Over half – 55 per cent – of all respondents to the Stress in Law survey said their firm had no stress management initiatives at all. Just 17 per cent of the […]

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CC, Freshfields and DLA Piper among firms landing star roles in TV M&A rush

Clifford Chance, Rosenblatt and Shearman & Sterling are among firms that have won mandates as television companies embarked on an M&A spree. Lewis Silkin, Olswang, Shearman & Sterling, and Rosenblatt scored roles on the £450m acquisition of Channel 5 by US media giant Viacom. It is thought that the network’s auction drew interest from more than […]

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Former Department for Transport GC resurfaces at Monckton Chambers

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) former general counsel, Christopher Muttukumaru, has taken up tenancy at Monckton Chambers.    Muttukumaru retired from the £130,000 DfT role late last year, with former Burges Salmon transport head Nick Olley hired to replace him (13 September 2013).  At the time it was not clear if Muttukumaru, who was called to the […]

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Shearman and Cravath advise as Japan’s Mizkan buys Unilever sauce units

Shearman & Sterling and Cravath Swaine & Moore have played lead roles in Japanese group Mizkan’s $2.15bn acquisition of Unilever’s North American pasta sauce businesses, Ragu and Bertolli. Shearman & Sterling acted for the Japanese acquirer, alongside Japanese counsel Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM). Shearman’s Tokyo corporate partner Kenneth Lebrun led the firm’s team in […]

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