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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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Hogans lands telecoms ace from Hughes

The Paris office of Washington’s largest law firm Hogan & Hartson has poached a top communications partner from rival Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Winston Maxwell, who is highly regarded within his sector, represents clients in telecommunications, internet and new media law. He is admitted to practice in New York and is an Avocat à la […]

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Turkish bank Koçbank originates $300m (£200.76m) future flow securitisation programme with WestLB as arranger. Koçbank advised by White & Case in London (Jake Jackaman). WestLB advised by Brown & Wood (Margaret Boswell).

A View from Washington

Only the most preliminary observations can be made at this date as to the likely antitrust landscape that will take shape under the administration of President-elect George Bush. Certainly, it would be reckless for one to read very much into “off-the-cuff”, unrehearsed campaign remarks concerning any antitrust initiative, especially those related to a particular case, […]

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Shortly before the Christmas break another Bar Council initiative was unveiled: a European circuit for the bar of England and Wales. On the plus side, the exceptional David Vaughan QC is at its helm. The new circuit, based on the existing organisations that have been around since the 12th century in the UK, hopes to […]

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