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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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Minutes of a meeting between Tom Henderson, managing partner, and Angela La Croix, corporate events manager. La Croix: Apparently Linklaters has opened up its own in-house shop – Silks Essentials – to sell everything from newspapers to pain killers to their staff. I was wondering if we could set up something similar. Henderson: Don’t I […]

US firms merge in Euro strategy

Two US firms are to merge and combine their London offices in a bid to expand into Europe. Boston-based firm Bingham Dana LLP and Hebb & Gitlin, based in Connecticut, will merge on 1 July. Jay Zimmerman, managing partner of 325-lawyer firm Bingham Dana, says investment opportunities in Europe prompted the merger, which is part […]

London courts lose out as litigants head for regions

There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of writs issued in London’s commercial courts over the last two years, according to figures obtained by The Lawyer. Last year, the number of writs issued dropped 21 per cent to 1,879. For the first four months of this year, the number of writs lodged is […]

Shearmans and A & O act in France Telcom claim

Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office and Allen & Overy’s Italian office are advising France Telecom in its two-pronged attack on Deutsche Telekom, which has recently broken its partnership to merge with Telecom Italia. Shearmans is advising the French telecommunications giant on its million-euro claim for damages against Deutsche Telekom after Deutsche stepped in with an […]

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