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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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Simpson Thacher gets its home in Sao Paulo

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has secured permanent office space for its launch in Brazil. Last year, The Lawyer revealed Simpson’s plans to launch in Sao Paulo with partners Todd Crider and Jaime Mercado spearheading the initiative (9 June 2008). But last month, The Lawyer revealed that the firm’s Brazilian launch had been delayed while it […]

Baker Botts breaks $600m with year-end results

Baker Botts has reported a 6.16 per cent increase in global revenue for the past financial year. The Texas-headquartered firm grew revenue from $577.7m in 2007 up to $613.3m in 2008. Baker Botts also grew average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 4.6 per cent from $1.3m up to $1.36m in 2008. The past year […]

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The flight from decency

While the race is on at the magic circle to see who can sack most people and boost profits for those remaining as quickly as possible, some firms have little time for such a strategy. Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis was over in the London office last week as part of his fortnightly “check-in” […]

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Dickinson Dees launches third redundancy round

Dickinson Dees launches third redundancy round” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/16172_newcastle90.gif” />Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has begun redundancy talks with a view to laying off up to 90 of its workforce. It is expected that around 15 qualified lawyers will be affected, mostly in the property departments. A statement from the firm said: “The global economic conditions […]

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