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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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Cotty Vivant hire sparks Singapore launch

French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats. Taverne will head Cotty Vivant’s five-lawyer office in Singapore, becoming the firm’s tenth partner. He was head of the Singapore branch of DS Avocats from 2003 and before that was an associate at Gide […]

Foley’s Shanghai office goes live

Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner has been given the green light to set up a representative office in Shanghai following an application made in February (www.thelawyer.com 5 February). The practice will be led by partner and chair of the firm’s Asian practice Catherine Sun and will focus on IP, asset management and litigation. “China’s growing presence […]

Sullivan & Cromwell

UK 200 Position: 6 UK 200 Position: 6 UK/global turnover: £57m/£500m Global PEP: £1.52m UK/global RPL: £870,000/£741,000 2006 was the year that Sullivan & Cromwell made its first direct attack on the London equity capital markets with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Vanessa Blackmore and a number of English-trained corporate associates. […]

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Chinese takeaway

Several imported Chinese goods have been recalled in the US. Hillel Parness and Derek Craig say vendors must know how to protect themselves The ‘Made in China’ label has taken a beating recently, as numerous products exported to the US, including fish, children’s toys, Boy Scout badges, truck tyres, food seasonings, pet food and toothpaste […]

Chadbourne star quits to join client GLG Partners

Hedge fund GLG Partners has snared a Chadbourne & Parke partner to ramp up its in-house legal team in London and New York. Hedge fund GLG Partners has snared a Chadbourne & Parke partner to ramp up its in-house legal team in London and New York. Alejandro San Miguel, who is GLG’s Chadbourne relationship partner […]

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