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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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Guildhall nears £11.2m revenue target

Bristol-based set Guildhall Chambers has posted half-year figures that are 11 per cent up on the same period last year, with the growth driven by its insolvency and commercial teams. The half-year results put the common law set on course to hit its turnover target of £11.2m by the end of the financial year, with […]

Matthew Barton: Kier Group

Responding to the OFT’s queries over price-fixing allegations is just one of the tasks facing Kier Group’s new general counsel. But first Matthew Barton wants to expand his team. Last May, as part of an investigation into alleged price-fixing in the building sector, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) asked Kier Group to explain its […]

Slaughters and Nabarro bag LandSecs demerger

Slaughter and May is advising Land Securities on corporate aspects of its three-way de-merger that the company announced yesterday (15 November). Corporate partner Gavin Brown will be leading the team, while Nabarro expects to be playing a “coordinating role on real estate” aspects of the reorganisation, according to relationship partner Nicholas Vergette. The UK’s largest […]

Separated at birth

“Goodbye grey sky, hello blue. There’s nothing can hold me when I hold you. Feels so right, it can’t be wrong. Rockin’ and rollin’ all week long.” It’s a long time since Arthur Fonzarelli was wowing the girls in Milwaukee. But he’s still keeping the kids happy. This month Fonzie, in the guise of Cravath […]

S&N enlists Swedish firm on Carlsberg arbitration

Linklaters client Scottish & Newcastle has turned to Swedish arbitration specialist Jacob Melander at Hammarskiöld & Co as its defence against a Heineken-Carlsberg consortium takeover bid hots up. S&N has enlisted Hammarskiöld to lead the Linklaters Stockholm team acting in arbitration proceedings against a Carslberg subsidiary. Peter Kennerley, company secretary and general counsel of S&N, […]

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