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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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Duffel bags at dawn

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Lovells hires Asia corporate head

Lovells has hired Greg Terry, former director and group general counsel of Hong Kong conglomerate Jardine Matheson, as head of the firm’s Asian corporate practice. Terry, who will be based in Lovells’ Hong Kong office from today (16 June), was a director and group general counsel of Jardine Matheson for 10 years. He was responsible […]

True Brit

Paul Maher masterminded the Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw merger, and he’s not stopping there. Julia Cahill meets a driven man You can imagine Paul Maher going down a storm with the Americans at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. According to firm chairman Tyrone Fahner, the US partners love Maher’s understated British humour (some of […]

TLT completes record year with HQ move

Bristol firm TLT has grown its turnover by 14 per cent to hit £15.75m.The last 12 months leading up to TLT’s third birthday have been its most successful to date. Average profits per equity partner have risen from £135,000 for 2001-02 to £175,000 for the last financial year. The number of equity partners has remained […]

WorldCom pair quits after more revelations

Worldcom general counsel Michael Salsbury resigned last week, together with treasurer Susan Mayer, following further revelations of the accounting scandals that bankrupted the telecoms company. Reports compiled for the Bankruptcy Court and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) excused the legal chief of any financial wrongdoing, but lambasted the legal and audit teams for […]

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