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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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Bates Wells’ new chief leads firm towards LLP conversion

London’s Bates Wells & Braithwaite has appointed a new senior partner and plans to become an LLP within 12 months. Incumbent John Trotter, head of the firm’s administrative and public law practice, steps down as senior partner today (3 April) after five years in the post. He is replaced by partner and charity & social […]

Grau grows in Barcelona and Canaries

Spanish IP boutique Grau Baylos & Angulo has opened an office in the Canary Islands and is moving to larger premises in Barcelona. The Canaries office will be in Gran Canaria capital Las Palmas and will focus on anti-counterfeiting work. Barcelona-based Grau has 18 lawyers: 12 in Barcelona, five in Madrid and two in Las […]

Hammonds brings in new blood for Berlin

Hammonds has bolstered its German offering with the hire of a new corporate partner in Berlin. Jost Arnsperger joins the firm from his role as general counsel of German train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation. He is the third partner Hammonds has hired since instituting a global lock-in of equity partners in May 2005. Arnsperger becomes Hammonds’ […]

OC names Birt new senior partner

Osborne Clarke London managing partner Tim Birt has been named as the successor to senior partner to Leslie Perrin. Birt, head of the firm’s advertising and marketing services group, will take over from Perrin on 1 May. Perrin announced he was retiring from the partnership after 16 years at the firm in December (www.thelawyer.com, 6 […]

A&O promotes record 33 to partnership

Allen & Overy has announced 33 partner promotions – the highest number of associates ever to have been promoted at the firm. The new partners, effective from 1 May, cover a range of practice areas with 14 promotions from the global banking group, 10 from the global corporate group, four from the global ICM group, […]

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