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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 […]

Criticism of the Government’s decision to introduce an extra death tax

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

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North West firms Cobbetts and Halliwells have launched further redundancy consultations as they seek to cut costs in the face of a looming recession. Cobbetts is reviewing 28 support staff jobs, taking the potential number of redundancies at the North West firm since the start of the economic downturn to 69. Some 20 secretaries are […]

The US and Obama: what next?

Lawyers are welcoming a tide of new regulation when America’s president elect takes office, but what form will that regulation take? America was in party mood yesterday following the historic US presidential election victory of Senator Barack Obama. Late on Tuesday, much of the country was at an election night party which, in many cases, […]

Nabarro’s revenues flat for first half

Nabarro‘s revenues flat for first half” />Nabarro has posted flat growth for the first six months of 2008-09, bringing in £64m in revenues. The practices that saw the most activity over the first half were restructuring and insolvency, financial services and commercial litigation while the greatest slowdown has been in transactional work in the core […]

Failure to secure merger sees Thelen say goodbye

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner is set to dissolve, becoming the second US firm to do so in the last month. As TheLawyer.com reported last week (28 October), Thelen’s partnership counsel voted in favour of dissolution less than a month after West Coast firm Heller Ehrman took the same action. It is anticipated that […]

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