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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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Shearman NQs cash in on £12,000 pay hike

Shearman & Sterling is hiking salaries for newly-qualified UK lawyers by a massive £12,000, it was announced today (28 April). The firm will pay newly-qualified assistants £72,000 with effect from 1 May, up from £60,000. Shearman will also raise salaries by a similar amount for all associates up to and including six years PQE. Trainee […]

DWS boosts TMT practice with Lloyds IT outsourcing mandate

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is looking to bolster its technology media and telecoms (TMT) practice after bagging mandates on three IT deals in three weeks, including its first outsourcing instruction from Lloyds TSB. The firm is advising Lloyds TSB Corporate on a network link-up agreement with Citigroup called Bluesky. It has also received instructions from […]

Hammonds set to take harder line on partner departures

Hammonds is to radically reform the way it handles resignations and notice periods of departing partners once the firm’s 14-month lock-in ends in June. The firm is considering a range of measures that will help to cut down on the number of departures in any one year. Hammonds’ options include extending its current six-month notice period to a […]

The final act

Pension fund trustees are looking to the provisions of the Pensions Act 2004 to protect the interests of members in the case of bankruptcy. By Andrew Visintin and Grant Jones Much coverage has been given to the state of UK pensions, with estimates of a pension fund deficit of around £130bn in relation to the […]

Townsend picks Tokyo for first overseas foray

San Francisco-based IP firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew has opened an office in Tokyo. The move represents the first international expansion in the nearly 150-year history of the firm. The office, which will be known as Townsend IP Law, is led by special counsel Hitoshi Akiba, a Japanese patent lawyer and member of the […]

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