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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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Clifford Chance adds Grimaldi to its empire

Clifford Chance is set to merge with long-time Italian joint venture partner Grimaldi e Associati after a series of tense negotiations concerned with profit integration. The 24-partner Italian firm has been allied to Clifford Chance since 1993. “The business has been fantastically successful, but with any joint venture there comes a point when it has […]

WestLb/British Land

This joint venture with British Land marks a new departure for WestLB in the UK property market. The German bank is used to making loans into property companies, but this is its first experience of taking on equity as well as debt risk. The joint venture was funded by a £265m loan from West LB […]

Olswang's IP practice gets partner boost

Olswang has recruited a new partner to its intellectual property (IP) practice. Kim Walker joins the firm from Biddle, where he was head of the media department. Andrew Inglis, head of Olswang’s IP practice, which employs 22 lawyers, including four partners, explains that the appointment is to meet current market demands. He says: “The commercial […]

Pillars Property

Pillar Property and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) in joint venture to buy Cannon Bridge offices. Pillar Property advised by Gouldens (Tom Budd, Liz Saxton). TIAA advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Fiona Rice). Senior debt provider Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite (Neil Murray).

Minter Ellison merges with top Western Australian firm

Sydney firm Minter Ellison is taking over Western Australia practice Edwards Thompson. Minters has had a two-year strategic alliance with the Perth practice, but the two firms have decided to take their relationship further. London partner Robert Hanley views it as “the logical next step”. Edwards Thompson specialises in resources, mining, energy and property. Minter’s […]

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