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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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Personal injury law firm network to launch in London

A new network of London firms is being launched to give personal injury advice across the capital. London Accident Link intends to provide local expertise to accident victims. By calling a freephone number they will be directed to a local lawyer drawn from 24 London firms who can offer advice and help in pursuing a […]

Careers: people

Thames Valley firm Pitmans has hired ex-Dechert corporate finance partner Janice Wall as a partner in the corporate commercial team. Wall, with Dechert for seven years, specialises in national and international M&A, property finance and joint ventures. Wiltshire firm Wood Awdry & Ford has boosted its Chippenham and Marlborough offices with the appointment of three […]

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A raft of newspaper raids has heightened fears of an attack on press freedom. Keith Brandt investigates The summer of 2004 has proved to be a tumultuous period for press freedom in Hong Kong. Raids carried out by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on the newsrooms of seven Hong Kong newspapers were […]

Fresh start for McGrigors London after KPMG split

McGrigors has distanced itself further from its former allegiance with KPMG by signing an agreement for new offices in London. The firm is taking 33,000sq ft of space at 5 Old Bailey, enabling it to move its London operations out of its current location in the same building as KPMG’s offices at 1-2 Dorset Rise. […]

US firms smash pay scale for UK private equity talent

Top stars offered up to forty per cent on top of UK earnings as US firms enter into City bidding war Private equity lawyers are commanding the largest sums in UK legal history as US firms up the ante by poaching star partners in the face of escalating investment activity. According to The Lawyer’s research, private […]

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