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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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Diamond in the rough

11.18amHarassment in the workplace generally brings up images of executives patting secretaries on the bottom while walking into a meeting room. And if any legal dispute comes of it, then the employment litigation lawyers get to work. 11 February, 11.18am Harassment in the workplace generally brings up images of executives patting secretaries on the bottom […]

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Dewey posts flat PEP, slight revenue rise for 2008

Dewey & LeBoeuf has announced a marginal revenue hike for the 2008 financial year. The US firm grew gross revenue 2.1 per cent from $1.008bn in 2007 up to $1.03bn last year. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) was static at $1.57m. Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis said: “I would like to thank all […]

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Life after the LSA: barrister and ex-P&O counsel launch high street legal brand

The Legal Services Act (LSA) has always been associated with personal injury (PI) powerhouses Irwin Mitchell and Russell Jones & Walker, both of which have big post-LSA ambitions. But smaller firms are also looking for new ways to access the ­consumer ­market, and a number of online ­services are emerging with the ­specific aim of […]

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Latham & Watkins: confession

Latham & Watkins: confession” />The Lawyer is always happy to admit when it’s wrong. Last Friday we said Latham & Watkins’ revenues had fallen 20 per cent. Today the US firm revealed that, in fact, 2008 revenues fell just 4 per cent. It seems we were also wrong about average profits. We said they were […]

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Freshfields cuts associate pay bands

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is reversing its associate salary bands with all associates set to receive the same level of pay from May, despite gaining a year in post qualification experience. As a result of the changes, the salary paid to newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors will drop from £66,000 to £59,000. Associates with one […]

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