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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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De Brauw takes on Unilever in-houser

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has hired Jaap Winter, legal adviser to Unilever’s managing board, as a partner Winter will join the Dutch firm at the beginning of next year. He is a specialist in company and securities law and will concentrate on company law advice and litigation.

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David Price wins first no-win no-fee libel victory for defendant

David Price Solicitors & Advocates has won what is believed to be the first successful libel case for a defendant using a conditional fee arrangement David Price now plans to launch a scheme to offer all defendant clients in libel cases the chance to run the case on a no-win no-fee basis.The firm won the […]

A site for sore eyes

Tulkinghorn’s done it!! He’s found an interesting law firm website. Usually the world of legal cyberspace is about as interesting as the radio version of Baywatch, but finally he has found one which stands out from the greyness.It belongs to Powers Phillips, a small firm based in Denver.Here is a sample from its welcome page: […]

Deals Summary

Allen & Overy (Roberto Casati) advised Montedison on the sale of its 56 per cent share in the Euronext-listed starch manufacturer Cerestar to food distributor Cargill. Cargill advised by Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May. Hobson Audley (Paul Taylor) advised Lighthouse Group in its acquisition of BWA Holdings for £2.1m. Lighthouse also raised £2.2m through […]

The IPO specialists

An analysis ALLEN & OVERYNumber of IPOs January 1999-June 2000: 8Number of IPOs July 2000-December 2001: 7 Had a good year considering, advising its banking clients. The equity capital markets team is still there and has allowed the firm to face up to its investment banking clients by mirroring the teams. However, partner Jonathan Lang […]

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