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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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Australian action

The larger Australian firms have been striking out across the globe. But mid-tier firms have been busy too, and there’s a quiet wave of consolidation happening down under. Australian mid-market firms merge to form Thomson Geer Australian mid-tier firm Johnson Winter takes trio from Corrs Australia: Specialist forces DLA Piper loses 23-lawyer team to HWL […]

Allen & Overy shortlisted for Antitrust/ Competition Firm of the Year award

Allen & Overy has been shortlisted for Antitrust/Competition Firm of the Year in the Chambers Global Awards 2014, which celebrate outstanding achievements in the international legal market in 2013–14 and highlight the pre-eminent law firms in key practice areas. Chambers said: ‘This firm leverages its excellent European network to advise on significant global matters, including mergers, cartel work and […]

How can creditors participate in the prescribed part?

An administrator, liquidator or receiver must make a ‘prescribed part’ of the company’s net property available for the satisfaction of unsecured debts. The amount of the prescribed part will depend upon the amount of the company’s assets that are realised but is subject to a maximum of £600,000. The prescribed part must not be distributed to the […]

Taxing rules

HMRC’s rules on partnership taxation have thrown many law firms into a flurry of activity. Since January, capital calls have become common and many junior partners have changed their status in order to comply with the new regulations “Disguised salary” and LLPs: postpone changes to get them right Danger, tax change ahead Tax overhaul raises […]

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Quinn Emanuel London revenue falls by 28% in 2013 to £19.8m

The London office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has posted a significant fall in revenue for the 2013 financial year, with total turnover dropping by almost a third from £27.5m to £19.8m. Net profit was £12.4m, giving litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel’s London office a margin of 62 per cent, down from 68 per cent in […]

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