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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 […]

Criticism of the Government’s decision to introduce an extra death tax

By Nicola Preston A Birmingham barrister has raised concerns over the Government’s move to increase probate fees claiming it is an additional ‘death tax’. Under the new rules, estates worth £2m or more will pay £6,000 in probate fees, which is a 3,770 per cent increase on the current £155 fee. This is a reduction on […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

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Staying positive

In your article “LawSoc fills void left by Bahl” (17 April) you report that David McIntosh was elected deputy vice president by the council. But instead of mentioning the very positive comment he made about working alongside “Robert Sayer and Michael Napier for the good of the profession”, you referred to an election over two […]

The darling bloke of Mays

Nigel Boardman Nigel Boardman, head of corporate at Slaughter and May, has a CV to die for, earns close to £1 million a year and is a thoroughly nice bloke, writes Fiona Callister It is very hard to imagine Nigel Boardman, head of corporate at Slaughter and May, blowing his top about anything. Despite his […]

Norton Rose gets new heads for Paris and Moscow offices

Norton Rose is shaking up its international offices by replacing the managing partners at its Moscow and Paris operations. Valentina Glukhovskaya, a corporate finance partner specialising in construction and real estate, will take over the Moscow post on 1 May from Simon Renton, who has led the office for the last four-and-a-half years. Corporate partner […]

Denton Wilde Sapte follows Cameron McKenna to Africa

Denton Wilde Sapte has made its first foray into East Africa by setting up an association with leading Tanzania firm Mkono & Company. The deal has been brokered by trade finance partner and East Africa expert Charles Morrison and head of trade finance Geoffrey Wynne. Mkono & Company consists of nine lawyers and two consultants. […]

Conditions of justice

The increase in the use of conditional fee agreements could create a two-tier profession, warns Steven Langton. Steven Langton is a barrister at Old Square Chambers. Before 1 April this year, more than 50 per cent of personal injury (PI) claims were funded by legal aid. Conditional fee agreements (CFAs) made up a further 5 […]

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