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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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Simmons partner appeals conspiracy charges in NY

SIMMONS & Simmons partner David Sandy is to appeal against a New York court’s decision to reinstate tampering and conspiracy charges against him which a lower court had thrown out last year. The charges, relating to the collapse of the Bank of Credit & Commerce (BCCI), were reactivated on 4 December by the New York […]

Financings

Wedlake Bell acted for UK-based Intrepid Energy North Sea in a US$220m reducing revolving credit facility. Herbert Smith represented facility arranger and co-underwriter Chase Manhattan.

Litigator's View

As an independent law costs draftsman, my view of the fast-track experiment which runs from 1 October 1997 for one year is that these arrangements seem to be more for the benefit of the administration of the process and for the profit of the Taxing Office than for the benefit of the other parties involved. […]

Lords to hear Kueaiti appeal

The way has been paved for the House of Lords to probe the insurance position of Kuwaiti-owned aircraft and equipment damaged during the Iraqi invasion of the country. The Kuwait government and the national airline, the Kuwait Airways Corporation, launched action against Kuwait Insurance after 15 aircraft, spares and equipment were damaged during the invasion. […]

Uzbekistan first

Cameron McKenna partner Elena Kirillova, head of the firm’s CIS group, has become only the second foreign lawyer to qualify as a lawyer in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Kirillova, who has been working in Uzbekistan since 1993, said: “Advising foreign investors in this region requires a thorough understanding of local law and an ability to […]

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