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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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2014: a year of mergers, diversity and US laterals

It’s been a busy year in the legal market. Over the past two weeks we’ve been looking back at the stories of the year, highlighting some of the trends and reminiscing over the news which hit the headlines. Consolidation has been a feature of the sector for some time, and looks unlikely to go away. […]

Arendt & Medernach hires three new partners

Arendt & Medernach will welcome three new partners on 1 January: Sébastien Binard, Bob Calmes and Grégory Minne. Sébastien Binard is a partner in the private equity, real estate and corporate law, M&A practices.  Bob Calmes is resident partner and head of the New York office and  Grégory Minne is a partner in the banking and […]

DLA Piper advises on Yan Tat Group’s HK$75m IPO on Hong Kong stock exchange

DLA Piper has advised Guotai Junan International, the sole sponsor and sole global co-ordinator for Yan Tat Group Holdings Ltd on the company’s HK$75m (£6.1m) IPO on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The public tranche offering of the listing was 34 times oversubscribed and the offer price was fixed at the upper end of the […]

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The leadership interview: the magic circle

Whether or not you still think that the ‘magic circle’ exists, there’s no denying that Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among the most successful law firm brands to have originated in the UK. Over the last 12 months we’ve interviewed three of the magic circle managing partners – […]

Conyers provides Bermuda law advice to Carnival Group on RMB500m senior bonds

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda law advice to Carnival Group International Holdings Ltd on the issuance of RMB500m (£51.5m) in an aggregate principal amount of 11.5 per cent senior bonds due 2016. Carnival Group is an investment holding company that specialises in property investment business and retail-related consultancy and management services, and trading […]

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