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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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Jones Day loses key Paris partner

US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue has lost a key partner in its Paris office to US rivals Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Laurent Faugerolas, who is a mergers and acquisitions specialist, was the first French partner in the office when Jones Day poached him from Gide Loyrette Nouel in 1995. He is bringing his […]

McGrigor Donald elects new chief

Scottish firm McGrigor Donald has elected a new senior partner who will be based in London in a bid to increase the firm’s UK profile. In an unopposed election, McGrigors’ partners voted for London-based corporate partner Robert Glennie. In his new role Glennie will chair McGrigors’ board, which is responsible for policy and strategy. Kirk […]

Battle Fowler raids conservation body

Valerie Campbell has joined as special counsel in the Midtown-based firm’s land use, environmental and governmental affairs group. Campbell will focus on land use, environmental and historical preservation aspects of large commercial real estate transactions. She practised at Brown & Wood before becoming deputy counsel at New York City’s parks and recreation department.

Will Dutch courage make sense for Eversheds?

Eversheds’ move into The Netherlands has been met with surprise by the legal profession. Dearbail Jordan asks why the firm has chosen to go Dutch when it has yet to make its mark in the more lucrative German market Eversheds is in a predatory mood. Its recently announced merger with Dutch-based Boekel De Neree (BDN) […]

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