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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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Khaitan & Co advises GA Global Investments on sale of equity shares

Khaitan & Co has advised GA Global Investments in relation to the sale of 6,500,000 equity shares of IndusInd Bank by way of a block trade for approximately $66.3m (£42m). Global Investments is a mutual fund company incorporated in Bermuda and listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading (SGX-ST). Executive director Sudhir Bassi and partner Arindam […]

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Freshfields makes “radical” global corporate and litigation head appointments

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has chosen German partner Rick van Aerssen as the firm’s new corporate head to replace Edward Braham and litigation partner David Scott to succeed Christopher Pugh in a “radical” reshuffle.  Both Pugh and Braham are standing down at the end of their terms this year and will be replaced by a new […]

Private equity lawyers from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advise LDC on Eley buyout

Private equity specialists from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co have advised mid-market private equity house LDC on its £42m buyout of Eley Group. Eley Group manufactures .22LR rounds for the target shooting market. Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co advised LDC on the terms of Eley Group’s acquisition from global engineering business IMI, as well as on […]

Plastic payment boom may expose gaps in legal framework, says Eversheds

Alastair Harris, associate in the commercial practice and financial services group at Eversheds, has commented on the news that spending on plastic hit a record high this summer. Harris said: ‘A new digital era for financial institutions is in play. With the proliferation of innovative payment solutions, such as contactless cards and mobile banking, and […]

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European moves: 16 October 2014

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Dentons has hired the former head of EU competition law at Scottish firm Brodies, Mark Clough QC, to its Brussels office as senior counsel (3 October 2014). Clough headed Brodies’ competition team from 2011 until May this year. Before joining […]

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