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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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Deals summary

Travers Smith Braithwaite (Chris Hale, Claire Kilburn, Nick Myatt, Moushumi Sharmacharja) advised Newmark Technology Group on its proposed cash acquisition of Grosvenor Technology, its all-share offer for the AIM-listed depository receipts of Vema NV and the firm’s reorganisation and proposed readmission to AIM. De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advised Vema and Nauta Dutilh advised Newmark. Herbert […]

Latham & Watkins boosts East Coast presence

Latham & Watkins is strengthening its East Coast securities litigation practice, taking on three new partners. David Brodsky joins the firm’s New York office from Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was managing director and general counsel-Americas. Laurie Smilan has joined the North Virginia office from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was co-managing […]

A family affair

The press has labelled her a ‘liberal’ judge, while law reform campaigners believe that as president of the High Court’s family division she should be doing more to help their cause. Jon Robins searches for the real Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss A small group of placard-wielding protesters gathered this weekend at the Devon farm home of […]

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