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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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Herbert Smith rejigs management

Herbert Smith is carrying out a radical review of its management structure, which could see the senior partner role split into two. The review coincides with the forthcoming management elections and the firm is considering the creation of a permanent managing partner who will share the responsibilities of the senior partner. Herbert Smith scrapped the […]

Identity crisis

With a more sophisticated rent review arbitration process, are expert valuation witnesses behaving too much like advocates? Jonathan Seitler QC reports Traditionally, whether or not a rent review involves an oral hearing, the landlord and tenant each employ a surveyor to give an opinion of value to the arbitrator. Although the landlord’s valuer will usually […]

Mallesons plumps for Hong Kong merger with local firm

Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques has taken the next step in beefing up its Hong Kong presence, announcing a merger with local firm Kwok & Yih. The Australian firm’s tie-up with 25-lawyer Kwok & Yih, a corporate finance specialist, will add to the eight partners and 23 fee earners it has taken on in the region […]

Nigel Knowles tours UK to drum up support for ‘DLA Piper Rudnick’

DLA has issued a rallying cry to its European alliance members to back its transatlantic merger with Piper Runick, as the UK firm’s management embarks on a roadshow to urge partners to sign up to the deal. The acceleration of the tie-up arrives as more details emerge of the two firms’ proposed merger, which will […]

For the record…

In the McDonald’s Restaurants Client File (5 July), Hamlins should have been cited as the fast-food chain’s external adviser on marketing matters, rather than Trowers & Hamlins as stated. In the Human Resources Special Report (12 July), Bond Pearce’s trainee retention rate should have been 75 per cent and not 25 per cent as stated.

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