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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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CC hires insurance ace from CGNU

Clifford Chance has recruited Ian MacDonald, group legal counsel at CGNU, to its global financial institutions group. MacDonald will be the senior manager of insurance and will lead corporate transactions for the firm’s insurance and reinsurance clients. His fee-earning role will also include coordinating global initiatives such as the development and delivery of client care […]

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Cornell to focus on partner values

In the first interview since being elected, CC’s future CEO tells the lawyer his plans for the firm In his first major interview since his election to chief executive officer (CEO), Clifford Chance‘s deputy CEO Peter Cornell has renewed his call to focus on partnership values – but not at the expense of profitability. He […]

Land of the ghee

Globalisation is all very well for the Clifford Chancers of this world, but not that easy for everyone. Take the Wilkes Partnership’s Andrew Yendole. He is planning to travel across the US in three weeks to spread the word (not about the strength of his Midlands-based firm, but English cuisine) and raise some money for […]

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