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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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Perot’s advisers under pressure as in-houser joins from Hewlett-Packard

US IT services giant Perot Systems has recruited a new European general counsel from Hewlett-Packard (HP) after the previous incumbent left for rival Accenture. Former European head Derek Simpson quit for a senior legal role in Accenture’s European team, clearing the way for Robert Evans to join from HP. The appointment of Evans will place Perot’s key […]

Stevens & Bolton jumps on LLP bandwagon

Guildford-based firm Stevens & Bolton is the latest in a long line of firms to convert to limited-liability status. Following a slew of recent conversions, including Allen & Overy, Eversheds, Withers and Wragge & Co, the firm completed the switch on 1 May.

Speechly Bircham see income bounce back

Profits at Speechly Bircham have rebounded this year, rising by 10 per cent. Average profits per partner (PPP) reached £265,000 for 2003-04, in stark contrast to the 21 per cent decline in remuneration Speechly Bircham recorded in the previous 12 months. Although the firm is still to reach the heights it achieved in 2001-02 when […]

Clifford Chance West Coast hit by three partner losses in two days

Clifford Chance’s West Coast practice has lost another two partners, making a total of three defections in just one week. Securities litigation partners Dean Kristy and Kevin Muck, both San Francisco-based, are leaving for Fenwick & West. Their move arrives just two days after partner Craig Waldman jumped ship for Cooley Godward’s Palo Alto office. […]

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