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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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Give yourself a head start

An ability to switch your thinking dimensions will enhance your career prospects, says Paul Conway HR professionals, and I hope most lawyers, have at some stage asked themselves what the key ingredients are of a high-performing lawyer. There must be some critical elements of skill, knowledge or motivation that mean some lawyers find success more […]

Dewey takes White & Case associate for London capital markets

Dewey Ballantine has made a bid to resurrect its London office with the hire of capital markets specialist Joseph Marx from White & Case. Marx, an international securities specialist, joins Dewey as a partner in the corporate finance team. He was an associate at White & Case where he had been since 1998. Marx, who […]

UK roundup: In-house

David Middleton on the month in-house Property lawyers in post-Budget frenzyThe tenth UK Budget delivered by Chancellor Gordon Brown on Wednesday 22 March gave in-house lawyers across numerous sectors plenty to think about, not least the typically small teams operating within the property sector. Land Securities head of legal Clive Ashcroft and British Land company […]

Grau grows in Barcelona and Canaries

Spanish IP boutique Grau Baylos & Angulo has opened an office in the Canary Islands and is moving to larger premises in Barcelona. The Canaries office will be in Gran Canaria capital Las Palmas and will focus on anti-counterfeiting work. Barcelona-based Grau has 18 lawyers: 12 in Barcelona, five in Madrid and two in Las […]

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