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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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Rothschilds scoops Speechly partner to head trust business

Rothschild Private Banking and Trust has appointed former Speechly Bircham partner Andrew Penney as a managing director and head of the trust business’s London office. This marks a return to the company for Penney, who spent six years at Rothschild Trust before joining Speechly Bircham in 2001. Penney, who worked in Speechly Bircham’s private client […]

Epp V Pep

It was a breakthrough year for the top firms inthe UK, with the global elite (Allen & Overy(A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) each posting a PEP in excess of £1m in the same year for the first time. But is that a true and accurate figure? The answer is ‘yes’, if you […]

Mayer Brown lures CC Brazil chief for Sao Paulo launch

Mayer Brown is to expand its presence in the Latin American region with the addition of an office in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. The US firm has poached Clifford Chance partner Stephen Hood to head the new office. Hood has been managing partner of the magic circle firm’s São Paulo office since 1999, […]

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Cohabitation laws too expensive, says Haworth & Nutall

Blackburn-based firm Haworth & Nuttall has claimed that changes to cohabitation laws will “fall at the first hurdle” due to extra costs. The firm claims that the recent report by the Law Commission, which calls for couples to have financial protection similar to married couples if they split up, will result in costs that are […]

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