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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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B&M follows Verein conversion with London LLP transformation

The London office of Baker & McKenzie (B&M) is set to convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status in the first half of next year. In July, the firm as a whole reorganised to become the first international law firm to operate as a Swiss Verein, having previously been an Illinois partnership. A B&M partner said […]

Goldman Sachs bins paper billing

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing. After a six-month consultation process, Goldman has rolled out a system, in conjunction with Herbert Smith, which will enable the bank to receive electronic bills. The system allows bills, together with […]

Developing a taste for growth

Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why As law firms emerge from the recent downturn with a renewed focus on market expansion and improved profitability, recruiters have seen a marked increase in demand for business development specialists. As a result, firms are restructuring departments and […]

DLA furthers German push with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Martin Schulte. Düsseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office later this month. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Görg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach former […]

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