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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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Development Securities agrees £37m forward funding with Morley Fund Management for the 132,000sq ft second phase of Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge. Development Securities advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Andy Bruce). Morley Fund advised by Penningtons (Peter Howard). John Laing Property sells Reading office development Kings Wharf to an Irish syndicate assembled by Hamilton Osborne King […]

Resolve to evolve

People who call for revolution are often in the minority and are easily dismissed by the majority, who are comfortable with the status quo. But when the status quo is less profitable, less efficient and denies opportunity, those who call for revolution may not be in the minority for long. It is probable that during […]

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A VIEW from Egypt

Egypt is a country that has attracted considerable interest from UK businesses in recent years. Despite this, it remains a bit of a mystery to many people in terms of knowing its legal market. Egypt has had an enormous cultural influence within the Arab world, and expatriate Egyptian lawyers have been responsible for much of […]

A man of Substance

A plethora of high-value, non-core selloffs means an impending review of chemical company Laporte’s legal panel. Dearbail Jordan talks to Nicholas Smith, head of legal at the downsized in-house department, to see which way the wind is blowing In the same way that the manufacturing sector has folded in on itself as City investors continue […]

A&O scoops Cravath star to boost NY

Allen & Overy (A&O) is dramatically increasing its New York presence, spearheading its expansion with a new senior partner from Cravath Swaine & Moore. Leading M&A and derivatives lawyer Daniel Cunningham is joining the firm to help bring to fruition plans to increase the office’s size by 300 per cent. He is believed to be […]

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