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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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LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has sweetened its relationship with Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica, picking up the mandate to advise on its $5.25bn (£2.85bn) acquisition debt refinancing. The acquisition refinancing through four separate debt securities follows Telefónica’s purchase of UK mobile operator O2 for £17.7bn in March. Simmons & Simmons advised Telefónica on the acquisition, […]

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Attractive infrastructure and good access to the AIM and LSE markets should allow the Isle of Man to bolster its reputation as a hub for IT firms, says Andrew Corlett Following on from the Isle of Man’s attempts to position itself as a top-tier offshore e-business centre and attract leading e-businesses, such as Neteller, PokerStars […]

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Withers partner joins Barclays

Withers has lost private client partner Jeremy Arnold to Barclays. Withers has lost private client partner Jeremy Arnold to Barclays. Arnold is joining the bank in September to head its newly created wealth-management division. He will also join Barclays’ management committee. Arnold is a trust and estate specialist, familiar with advising high-net-worth individuals and families […]

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