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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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Joining the procession of relocating lawyers was in-house lawyer David Jackson, who moved to Shoosmiths‘ Birmingham office from global catering group Compass. As first reported by The Lawyer (17 April), Jackson joined Shoosmiths as a partner as part of the firm’s push to expand its Midlands presence. Also making a move was Hammonds’ former Birmingham corporate head David Hull, […]

DWS’s hush-hush push

Evidence backing up the rumours of Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) back-door policy is beginning to emerge. The firm appears to be striking up confidentiality agreements with law firms poaching its partners in exchange for shortened notice periods. (Perhaps others could try this with Norton Rose?) US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae recently hired DWStax […]

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The fallout from Lovells’ loss of private equity star Marco Compagnoni to Weil Gotshal & Manges earlier this year continues, with news that the firm has been dropped from Advent International’s legal panel. Private equity group Advent recently updated its European legal panel, placing Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Weil on the roster. It is understood […]

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