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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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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Hogan Lovells have taken the lead roles as global asset manager BlackRock merges its UK property fund with Deutsche Bank’s real estate fund group RREEF to form what the parties describe as the UK’s largest property unit trust. Under the terms of the deal, which closed at the end of […]

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Herbert Smith Freehills has boosted its Asia dispute resolution practice with a partner from Thai firm Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor. Chinnawat Thongpakdee will join Herbert Smith Freehill’s Bangkok office as a partner, advising local and international companies on Thai disputes, as well as on arbitrations involving Thai parties. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Thongpakdee was […]

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Lord Phillips to challenge government on Supreme Court admin appointments

The former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, will challenge the right of the government to appoint the court’s chief executive in a proposed amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill this week. Lord Phillips has tabled the amendment alongside Blackstone Chambers peer David Pannick QC calling for the recently appointed Justice Secretary, Chris […]

A&O and Allens land roles on mammoth Australian LNG project financing

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Allens Linklaters both landed roles helping secure the $20bn (£12.3bn) project financing for the Ichthys liquified natural gas project in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Ichthys LNG project will produce and process gas from a field 230km off the shores of western Australia and then transport it to Darwin for extraction. […]

Cold cash: law firm duo wins mandates from oil giants

Akin Gump and Linklaters lead on ExxonMobil-Rosneft Siberian JV

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Linklaters have landed mandates as Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft and America’s ExxonMobil sign an agreement to jointly explore tight oil reserves in the far reaches of western Siberia. Two companies are set to establish a joint venture to run the project in which Rosneft will own a […]

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