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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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Isle of Man: funds

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Norton Rose boosts tech team with associate hires

Norton Rose has lured two senior TMT associates from Allen & Overy (A&O) and Baker & McKenzie by offering them partnership. Oliver Stacey and Sean Murphy were corporate finance senior associates specialising in the TMT sector for A&O and Bakers respectively but have been made partners in Norton Rose’s communications, media and technology (CMT) team. […]

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Lovells sees 10 per cent turnover rise at half year

Lovells has reported fee income of £225m for the first half of the 2007-08 financial year, a rise of 10 per cent on last year’s figures. At the half way stage last year the firm reported a year on year rise of 4 per cent. While this year’s growth figure is a significant improvement on […]

BLP reports 20 per cent growth at half-year point

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has reported a leap of 20 per cent in fee income compared to the same time last year, earning £84m in fees in the last six months. This compares to £70m this time last year. At the end of the last financial year, BLP had a turnover of £169m. BLP’s results […]

Hammonds loses another team

Hammonds has lost another team as the flood of departures shows little sign of abating. DWF has taken two partners and five lawyers from its real estate team. Partners Nic Crocker and Simon Meek will move to DWF in the New Year. Hammonds played down the mass exit. One partner claimed: “Everyone has their sell-by-date. […]

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