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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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A trio of US firms have been handed roles as UK private equity house Lion Capital buys Russia’s biggest vodka brand in a deal worth $600m (£303m). Weil Gotshal is representing Lion Capital, with London-based corporate partner Ian Hamilton working alongside Michael Francies and tax partner Sarah Priestley. Russian Alcohol, which makes Green Mark Vodka, […]

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The magic circle has completed this year’s conservative round of salary reviews, and bonus announcements will soon be winging their way to associates’ desks. Linklaters associates could be the luckiest in the magic circle – associates across the board could earn an extra 50 per cent of their base salaries (see table). Close behind is […]

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Clifford Chance has snared a lead role on a $1.15bn (£580m) Kuwaiti listing on the London Stock Exchange. Clifford Chance partners Simon Sinclair and Robert Trefney led the firm’s team advising Kuwaiti investment company Global Investment House on the listing of global depository receipts in London. This is the first listing of its type for […]

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Solicitors in Scotland have voted in favour of the introduction of alternative business structures (ABS), paving the way for a level playing field between the legal markets in Scotland and England and Wales. At a special debate at the Law Society of Scotland’s AGM, held yesterday (22 May), practitioners supported proposals that will allow law […]

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