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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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Pinsents hits targets with Addleshaws hire

The Manchester office of Pinsent Curtis Biddle has announced the appointment of Simon Masters as a partner in its corporate group Masters joins from Addleshaw Booth & Co’s corporate finance team. He is well known for his expertise in dealing with the market abuse and financial promotion regimes introduced by the Financial Services and Markets […]

Wessing turnover up 10 per cent

The German half of Taylor Wessing has posted a 10 per cent increase in turnover for the 2002 calendar year, to £44m The legacy Wessing equity partnership saw profits remain the same as 2001 at £250,000 per equity partner. Wessing formally merged with City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett (TJG) in September last year, but the […]

Eversheds ramps up real estate

Eversheds is pushing ahead with the development of an international real estate and finance practice The firm has hired a partner and three assistants from SG Archibald, the former French arm of Andersen Legal. Kristine Karsten is dual-qualified in France and the US. She joins Paris real estate partner Alexandre de Goüyon Matignon and six […]

CC Paris acts for Agricole on acquisition of Lyonnais

Investment in French competition capability pays off Clifford Chance’s Paris office has snared Crédit Agricole as an antitrust client through new lateral hire Claude Lazarus. Clifford Chance is advising alongside corporate lawyers at Bredin Prat on Agricole’s e19.5bn (£12.7bn) acquisition of Credit Lyonnais, the largest French M&A deal of 2002. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton […]

Akin Gump boosts London with two lawyers

Akin Gump has relocated New York funds partner David Billings to the UK to set up a new hedge funds practice. As well as Billings, the firm has recruited Dechert lawyer Simon Thomas as counsel.

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