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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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Man United’s Freshfields defender sticks his heels inThe lawyer currently standing between Malcolm Glazer and Manchester United – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Mark Rawlinson – also took a strong stance on a board’s fiduciary duty to shareholders when advising on the failed P&O Princess-Royal Caribbean merger. At the behest of Royal’s investment bankers Goldman Sachs, […]

UBS embarks on global shake-up of law firms

UBS Investment Bank is in the throes of a full-scale review of its global panel in a bid to rationalise the firms it uses in the US, Europe and Asia. It is understood that the review was launched late in 2004 by UBS’s new general counsel David Aufhauser, who joined the investment bank last October. […]

Forsters relocates to Berkeley Square

Mayfair firm Forsters has today relocated to new premises next to Berkeley Square. The firm, which was launched in 1998, has taken on 23,000 sq ft at Hill Street. The move will provide Forsters with an additional 8,000 sq ft of space and has allowed the whole firm to be under one roof. The relocation […]

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