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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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DLA develops contentious tax with four experts

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Manchester Airport looks to DLA, DWF

DLA and North West firm DWF Solicitors have both secured places on a newly-formed real estate panel for the Manchester Airport Group (MAG). The two firms will undertake real estate development and landlord and tenant work for MAG in a move that changes the working style of the company. Previously, MAG instructed a range of […]

Australian firms lead the way on equal opportunities

A survey by the Australian Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency has revealed that, on average, women make up 16 per cent of partners in Australia’s leading law firms. Australian law firms have a higher ratio of women in senior positions than many of the country’s leading corporations. A survey by the Australian […]

SJ Berwin builds German team with WestAM hire…

SJ Berwin has bolstered its German practice with the appointment of the former head of legal and fund development at WestAM, the asset management division of WestLB Group. Henning Starke joins as a partner in the firm’s German financial services team, under the direction of Achim Pütz. Pütz said the appointment was in line with […]

Herbies finalises RBS’s Cygnet deal

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after winning a coveted place on the £100m-plus deals panel last November. The firm advised RBS on a successful funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has not been […]

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