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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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Davis Polk corporate partner leaves for in-house position

One of the top partners at New York giant Davis Polk & Wardwell is going in-house to professional services company Marsh & McLennan Companies. William Rosoff joined Davis Polk in 1978 and has been a partner since 1985. He joins Marsh & McLennan as senior vice president and general counsel. Rosoff left Davis Polk in […]

Ex-CC finance partner joins Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital is recruiting a former finance partner from Clifford Chance as it restructures its entire global legal function. Andrew Taylor, who practised at Clifford Chance for 21 years, is joining the investment banking division of Barclays Bank as managing director and general counsel for the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. He will report to […]

DTI REVIEW

“We’re looking at streamlining and providing aggressive deterrents against time-wasting cases,” says a DTI spokesman. This review of employment tribunal procedure is on course to report next month. According to the DTI, the review is operating “under existing law”, with no powers to change legislation. In particular, the Government will be looking at providing more […]

Property firm closes as five join Couderts

San Francisco intellectual property boutique Majestic Parsons Siebert & Hsue is dissolving as five of its lawyers leave to join Coudert Brothers. Name partners Martin Majestic and Suzanne Siebert are moving to Coudert’s San Francisco office along with fellow partner Keiichi Nishimura, two associates and a patent agent. The rest of the firm is understood […]

Jones Day expands in Asia with the opening of a Singapore office

Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Singapore, its eighth outpost in Asia and its 25th worldwide. The firm has gained approval to practise from the Singapore authorities and plans to open its doors in January next year. Head of the firm’s Indian practice Jay Pathak is moving in to […]

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