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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised ING Bank, and other banks and lenders, in relation to the establishment of a senior-secured $1.45bn (£934m) credit facility. The credit facility involves, among others, Seadrill Tellus, Seadrill Auriga and Seadrill Vela as joint and several borrowers; Seadrill as parent and guarantor; and certain banks and financial institutions as […]

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DWF bulks up real estate with Eversheds team

DWF has recruited 13 lawyers, including five partners, from Eversheds’ Manchester and Newcastle offices in a boost to its property department. Eversheds partners Gavin Jackson, Adam Heather and Adrian Stanley will join DWF’s 80-strong real estate team in Newcastle. Heather and Stanley will become Newcastle real estate head and Newcastle senior partner respectively. In a […]

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Getting the balance right

New rules governing international arbitration have lawyers hotly debating how much regulation is required Global arbitration is one of the few boom areas of international legal practice, but litigation lawyers are sharpening claws and polishing fangs in a row over how much the process should be regulated. An International Bar Association code of practice for […]

DLA Piper represents Los Angeles Lakers in putative class action

DLA Piper has successfully acted for the Los Angeles Lakers in a putative class action brought by a ticket holder accusing the basketball franchise of sending unsolicited text messages. Judge George H Wu of the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the text message that plaintiff David Emanuel allegedly received […]

So you want to build a hotel in Qatar?

Doha has 17,964 hotel rooms available today, primarily in the four- and five-star hotel and deluxe apartment hotel categories. The Doha Port also has fully equipped berths for cruise ships to accommodate a minimum of 6,000 additional visitors at the highest international standards. According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, 48 new five-star hotels with 13,151 […]

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