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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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Associates wait for payday – but magic circle bonus levels are anyone’s guess

The magic circle has completed this year’s conservative round of salary reviews, and bonus announcements will soon be winging their way to associates’ desks. Linklaters associates could be the luckiest in the magic circle – associates across the board could earn an extra 50 per cent of their base salaries (see table). Close behind is […]

Trio lands roles on best buy’s EU adventure

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Osborne Clarke and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett scooped lead roles on Carphone Warehouse’s $1.1bn (£564.47m) alliance with US electronics retailer Best Buy, which will see the latter launch operations in Europe for the first time. Longstanding Carphone Warehouse advisers Osborne Clarke, led by relationship partner Adrian Bott, worked closely with the retailer’s […]

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Companies should obey the law in lawless lands

In the gallons of ink spilled in the debates over business and human rights, one assumption has remained uncontested: companies should obey the laws in the jurisdictions in which they operate. In the words of the International Chamber of Commerce: “All companies are expected to obey the law, even if it is not enforced, and […]

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