This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 24 February 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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New UK NED regulations could help prevent next financial crisis, says Eversheds

Aleen Gulvanessian, partner and corporate governance specialist at Eversheds, has commented on the proposals for a new stringent city code affecting certain non-execs. Gulvanessian said: “The new regime is likely to make non-executive director (NED) candidates think long and hard about taking these key roles on the board or its committees. When we carried out our research […]

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Quinn Emanuel reports 33 per cent increase in London revenue for 2014

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has reported a 33 per cent bounceback in London office revenue for 2014, with turnover rising to £26.2m from £19.8m in 2013. The increase in revenue follows a 28 per cent drop in turnover between 2012 and 2013 (5 March 2014). In 2012 Quinn Emanuel recorded London turnover of £27.5m […]

Quinn returns to form, but will it make the Top 30?

Another week, another batch of US firm financial results. Today it’s the turn of DC giants WilmerHale and Arnold & Porter , both of which have continued the trend for improving financials. The latter firm grew its revenue by 1.2 per cent, boosting its total income from $686m to $694m in 2014, while net profit […]

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UK firms stand out in global legal services industry

Collective turnover at UK firms increased by 8.4 per cent to a record £30.6bn last year – accounting for 7 per cent of the $650bn (£419.6bn) global legal services fee revenue in 2013/14. A new report by TheCityUK, released at the Global Law Summit in London this morning (25 February) found that UK firms experienced […]

‘Abusive’ MP action dismissed thanks to Collyer Bristow “wise counsel”

Judge throws out ‘abusive’ civil action against Caroline Nokes. A judge at the London County Court has thrown out a legal action against Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, brought against her by the founder of Fathers4Justice and his wife.  Noakes was represented by Collyer Bristow partner Rhory Robertson, whom she thanked for his “wise counsel”.

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