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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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Watson Farley makes up three

Watson Farley & Williams has promoted three associates to the partnership this year, two of whom started as trainees in 1995. Litigation specialist David Foster and corporate lawyer Christina Howard were made up in the London office, having joined the firm as trainees 11 years ago. This year’s round of promotions at Watson Farley is […]

Linklaters outstrips A&O, Lovells in newly qualified salary stakes

Lovells has raised newly-qualifieds’ salaries by 6 per cent to overtake Allen & Overy (A&O), but it still trails Linklaters as this year’s first associate salary hikes are revealed. Lovells has increased its newly-qualifieds’ salaries from £50,000 to £53,000. The firm has also increased its performance-related bonus for all associates from a maximum of 20 […]

Super set to launch in summer

A group of seven leading criminal barristers this morning (4 May) confirmed the establishment of a new ‘super set’ in Smithfield. As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February 2006), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks. The seven founders include Julian […]

FFW PEP rises 19 per cent

Revenues at Field Fisher Waterhouse has hit the £60m mark, boosting turnover by 15% this year. Profit per equity partner also showed solid double digit growth, breaking through the £400k barrier to reach £466k, an increase of 19%. The firm is on course to meet its target turnover of £75m by 2008, a figure which […]

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