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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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Focus: Olsen v Abell: Battle Field

The discrimination claim filed by Field Fisher Waterhouse trademarks head John Olsen lifts the lid on a partnership riven with disputes over clients, money and status In the past four years Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) increased its average profit per equity partner by 131 per cent to £750,000. But success has come at a price. […]

AIG hands $20bn rescue mandate to Sullivan

US insurance giant AIG drafted in Sullivan & Cromwell to advise it on its $20bn (£11.23bn) lifeline from ;New ;York ;State ­regulators. The facility will allow AIG to borrow money off its ­balance sheets using its ­subsidiaries as security, and it is understood that further emergency funding is ­currently being arranged. The ;Sullivan ;team includes […]

Howden brokerage appoints to new GC role

Lloyds of London’s broker, Howden, has appointed Simon Gildener as a client-facing general counsel. Gildener, who joins the firm from insurance boutique Robin Simons, where he was a disputes resolution partner, will also join the Howden board of directors. The newly-created position will see Gildener offering the broker’s client base legal support, which includes advising […]

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Like elsewhere in the country, a buoyant first half helped North West firms ride out the economic slowdown during the past six months. The biggest five firms grew on average by 6 per cent over the period. However, profitability took more of a hit. DWF, Halliwells and Hill Dickinson either slumped or barely grew at […]

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