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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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Linklaters tempts banking star from Lovells

Linklaters has hired Lovells banking partner Adam Freeman as it continues to bolster its acquisition finance practice. Freeman, who was promoted to partner in 2003, was key in Lovells’ push to rebuild its banking business, and worked closely with CIBC and Société Générale (SocGen). The terms of his exit have still to be negotiated. Freeman […]

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There are important liability issues for partners to consider before their firms convert to LLP status. By Peter Garry and Peter Ashford More and more professional partnerships are converting to limited liability partnership (LLP) status, but the members of an LLP continue to face personal liability in a number of different ways, some of which […]

Withholding a grudge

Slaughter and May has worked some magic with Goldman Sachs. It is not every law firm that can act against a powerful US investment bank on über-hostile bids such as Six Continents and Marks & Spencer (M&S) and yet still get lucrative referrals from the same source. On the M&S bid, the retailer’s chief executive […]

Bingham takes litigation to London with DLA hire

Bingham McCutchen has snapped up former DLA litigation head Neil Micklethwaite as it prepares to launch a litigation and regulatory practice in London. Finance partner James Roome told The Lawyer: “There’s a synergy between the growth of litigation in the States and a leading financial institutions practice here, and we can see the growth on […]

Women on top

Several years ago everyone was hailing a new generation of female law firm leaders. A whole host of smaller to midsize firms were electing women to management: Penny Francis at Lawrence Graham, Diana Parker at Withers, Nicky Paradise at Nabarros, Sally Field at Bristows, Samantha Phillips at Harbottle & Lewis, plus, of course, Joy Kingsley […]

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