This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 17 May 2015

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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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$1bn Yuexiu notes deal, advised by Bakers

Baker & McKenzie advised Yuexiu Transport Infrastructure on its $1bn Guaranteed Medium Term Note Programme The programme is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange while the notes are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. Bank of China Ltd, Bank of China (Hong Kong), BOC International, HSBC, Nomura and a large bulge bracket investment bank acted as the arrangers […]

The magic circle’s fairy dust

The magic circle is often seen as a homogenous group of firms, but our analysis of their global investments throws up considerable differences. A&O and Clifford Chance have opened a series of offices, Linklaters has preferred alliances and Freshfields has barely extended its reach in a decade. It’s no longer one size fits all. The […]

Business Leadership Awards: get your submissions in

There is now just over a week to go until the entry period for this year’s Business Leadership awards closes. We have had a phenomenal response, with already more entries across a broader range of legal services providers than ever before. The overwhelming response to this year’s new categories, which have been designed to reflect […]

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Freshfields chief Aitman: ‘Manchester is a priority’

It’s all change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this year as the firm gears up to open its second UK office in Manchester and managing partner David Aitman prepares to step down at the end of his brief term at the helm. Front running candidates for the top senior partner job are gathering their potential management […]

£575m Taiwanese property buy in London, advised by Ogier

Ogier has advised Taiwan-based insurer Cathay Life on the acquisition of The Walbrook Building in the City of London for a headline price of £575m. The firm’s Jersey team worked alongside Berwin Leighton Paisner in the UK to complete the deal, which is the latest example of the growing presence of Taiwanese investors in UK […]

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