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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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LG secures aim triple for Arbuthnott

LG has cemented its relationship with investment bank Arbuthnott, representing it in its position as nominated adviser on three separate AIM deals. The firm advised the bank in connection with Ragusa’s £173m reverse takeover of the Argentinean electricity, oil and gas and hydro assets of Ketsal, Integra Investment and Andes Oil, together with its associated […]

Johnson Stokes overhauls management team

Hong Kong’s largest firm, Johnson Stokes & Master’s senior partner Robert Lynn has stepped down and is to be replaced by the firm’s managing partner of its commercial practice, Elaine Lo. Lynn is remaining as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice while John Marsden is to take the role of managing partner for […]

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Bakers steers MCG through merger

Baker & McKenzie has advised Management Consulting Group (MCG) on its $125m (£62.02m) proposed merger with global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon Associates. The latter has turned to Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker for advice. The Bakers team was led by London corporate partner Tim Sheddick and his Chicago-based counterpart Edward West, with banking and […]

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