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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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Senior restructuring assistants had better start polishing up their CVs. White & Case is the latest US firm to target the insolvency market by hiring Dan Hamilton from CMS Cameron McKenna. White & Case is following in the footsteps of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, which made its first foray into this market a few […]

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Eurostat has been handed the unenviable task of handling sovereign securitisations in the Eurozone. Yannis Manuelides gives the story so far Eurozone countries have assumed the obligation to keep their overall debt and deficit within a certain percentage of their gross domestic product (GDP). But who measures this debt and de-ficit? Private sector enterprises have […]

Andersen Legal’s Swedish team joins KLegal network

Archibald divides; members create new firm; remainder join Deloitte & Touche The Swedish firm of the dissolved Andersen Legal network Archibald Advokatbyrå has split into two, with some partners setting up a new KLegal arm in Stockholm. The remaining partners are understood to be joining Deloitte & Touche.Three partners from Archibald, one of whom is […]

Kimbells launches corporate division

Milton Keynes firm Kimbells has opened a new corporate advisory division to offer corporate finance services to clients The new division, S2 Corporate Finance, which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), is a niche corporate advisory practice providing advice to small and medium-sized enterprises.Founding Kimbells partner Stephen Kimbell has moved from the firm’s […]

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