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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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BHP billiton

A massive deal for Linklaters‘ long-term client Billiton, as it merges through a dual-listed companies structure. Shareholders in each company will not be required to exchange or tender their existing shares, and each share in BHP and Billiton will have the equivalent effective economic and voting interest in the combined group. The Linklaters team included […]

Arnold & Porter boosts IP focus

THE LONDON office of Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is taking on the founder of the intellectual property (IP) department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Sarah Kirk specialises in non-contentious IP and IT work, focusing on commercial IP/IT agreements relating to e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and corporate deal support. At Nicholson Graham & Jones […]

Paisner partners take the US dollar

Two top corporate partners are poised to leave Paisner & Co, just a month before the firm merges with Berwin Leighton. Stephen Nelson, who has been a partner at Paisner since 1986, and fellow corporate partner Paul Lewis are in discussions with their firm about the departure. Lewis has been a partner at Paisners since […]

Capital One UK's new legal chief prepares for overhaul

Capital One UK is to double its in-house team within the next 12 months, according to its new head of legal, former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Nick Carter. Carter has joined the US-based bank as international chief legal counsel. He is responsible for all legal functions outside the US, including the UK, Europe and South […]

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