The unbalancing act

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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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Pillsbury overhauls management team

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has overhauled its management team, electing real estate partner James Rishwain as chairman and installing a new board. Stephen Hutler, managing partner of Shaw Pittman before its merger with Pillsbury Winthrop, becomes executive vice chairman. Hutler and Rishwain will lead the firm, taking over from chair Mary Cranston and managing partner […]

Bird & Bird wins advisory role on first privatisation in Serbia

Bird & Bird has won a role advising on the Republic of Serbia’s privatisation of national mobile network MobTel, the republic’s first-ever privatisation. Bird & Bird is acting for the French consortium advising the Serbian government on the transaction. The privatisation is valued at e800m (£545m) and will create a new telecoms company called Mobi63. Bank Rothschild […]

Telecoms sector hots up in Middle East

The Middle East telecoms and technology markets are currently attracting the attention of the world’s leading lawyers. Each of the key jurisdictions in the region is providing a wealth of IT and telecoms-related matters for the top firms, primarily from the world’s leading US and UK law firms. The levels of activity are reminiscent of […]

Seven proceed with formation of ‘super set’

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

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