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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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Clark makes assistant retention a priority

Slaughter and May‘s new senior partner is set to shake up the use of IT to aid fee-earner retention. Senior corporate partner Tim Clark is taking over from Giles Henderson, who has been in the position for eight years. Clark says that he intends to improve the firm’s IT capability to cut down on non-billable […]

Simmons & Simmons set for global management shake-up

Simmons & Simmons is planning a radical overhaul of its management structure to increase representation for its international offices. At the moment none of Simmons’ partners outside London are represented on the firm’s executive, despite accounting for some 25 per cent of the firm’s turnover. The firm has two committees – a strategy committee and […]

Eversheds goes for volume market in management rejig

Eversheds is undergoing a wholesale management shake-up in Cardiff and Bristol, with Cardiff set to spearhead Eversheds’ drive into the volume legal services market. Insurance litigation partner Bryan Hughes replaces David Vokes as regional managing partner. He will run the regional office with new senior partner Alan Meredith, who took over the job last year […]

Linklaters wraps up Jolly deal as hotel sales revive

Linklaters & Alliance has finally completed one of the largest single asset transactions for first-time client Jolly Hotels. The deal involves the £57m acquisition of St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster from US group Strategic Hotel Capital, and turns the tables on a year-long slowdown in investment in the London hotel market. After a period in […]

Asia specific

In simple terms, the world consists of three principal financial elements: the US, Europe and Asia. But looking at the strategies of some firms recently, you would be forgiven for thinking there were only two. While everyone in London is running around seeking out European mergers in a bid to win the eye of a […]

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