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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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Fisher Jones Greenwood creates scheme to help vulnerable children

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Ashurst partner set for Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has set up a UK employment practice, scooping Ashurst employment partner James Cox for its London office. Cox specialises in the employment side of M&A deals, industrial disputes, corporate governance matters and employment issues facing private equity companies. Gibson Dunn managing partner Ken Doran said: “His addition allows us to offer […]

Freshfields appoints new management in Spain

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a new managing partner for Spain, appointing tax partner Miguel Klingenberg. Klingenberg takes over from John Byrne, who has held the role since the firm first opened in Spain in 1991. Klingenberg joined the firm as a partner in 1998 from his own firm, Hervada & Klingenberg. He is a specialist […]

Bitter bill to swallow

Three lawyers on a mission: to change the Companies Bill before it’s too late. But is the City listening? They look like unlikely crusaders. If you were putting together a campaign team, a Herbert Smith partner, a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner and the general counsel of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) would not immediately come to […]

Firm profile: HGF Law

HGF Law is a nine-partner law firm working within the wider HGF intellectual property firm.  HGF has twelve offices across the UK as well as in The Hague and Basel, with specialised intellectual property solicitors based in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.  In total the firm has over 120 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and solicitors providing a full service IP offering to clients.  HGF creates and manages significant IP portfolios for the world’s leading companies and research institutes.  HGF’s lawyers advise on IP strategy, commercialisation and licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution, with significant experience in High Court patent and trade mark litigation.

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