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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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Austria: Hypo-activity

The sale of the ‘good’ assets of crisis-torn Hypo bank is a welcome stimulant for local firms, but the lack of young blood in the profession is a persistent problem The Hypo Group Alpe-Adria bank in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia will mean next to nothing to all but those with the most detailed […]

Conyers advises HM MOS International on acquisition of Millennium Offshore Services

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised on the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands (BVI) legal aspects of the acquisition by HM MOS International of Millennium Offshore Services Superholdings (MOS). MOS is a provider of global offshore jack-up accommodation service vessels to oil and gas as well as engineering, procurement, installation and commission companies. Conyers also advised on […]

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Global and European M&A bounces back in 2014

Feel that bounce in your step, a sense that spring is in the air? It’s not just you. As the weather warms up, Thomson Reuters has arrived with some good news for corporate lawyers. The data provider’s preliminary M&A tables for the first quarter of 2014 show a massive year-on-year rise in activity. The European […]

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