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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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Barclays panel review: the results

Barclays plc has announced that it has completed the six-month review of its legal panel. White & Case, Wragge & Co, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, SJ Berwin, CMS Cameron McKenna and Ashurst Morris Crisp have all won first-time places on one of the eight specialist panels (see below). The general advisory panel, though, remains […]

McDermott partners choose Boston founder for top job

Boston-based McDermott Will & Emery partner Harvey Freishtat has beaten head of tax Michael Fayhee to become the firm’s new chairman.William Charnley, senior partner of McDermott’s London office, said both candidates were ideally suited to the role. However, he said that the firm’s management committee felt Freishtat’s management experience made him better qualified for the […]

Full of spirit

Allied Domecq general counsel Len Quaranto is no stranger to billion-pound transactions. Husnara Begum talks to the man who’s expecting even more deals in the coming year Since Allied Domecq’s general counsel and company secretary Len Quaranto joined the group in August 2001, the international spirits, wine and fast food restaurant business has been on […]

Different strokes

In some countries the worlds of commerce and politics inevitably collide, making bribery rife. Robert Hunter warns of how offshore jurisdictions often unwittingly get involved ‘Whichever way you vote’ said a badge I saw when I was at university, ‘the Government always gets in’. That, of course, was the beginning and end of the question […]

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