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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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Ashurst scoops lead role on M25 widening project

Ashurst client Connect Plus consortium has reached financial close on the £6.2bn M25 widening project. The deal, which obtained £1.3bn in financing from a group of 16 commercial banks and the European Investment Bank (EIB), is one of the few large-scale PFI infrastructure deals to close since the onset of the global financial crisis. Moreover, […]

Thirteen opt to defer Dentons training contracts

Thirteen future Denton Wilde Sapte trainees have taken up the firm’s offer of a payment of up to £10,000 to defer for 12 months. The firm originally contacted all future London trainees, who were due to start in September 2009, March 2010, March 2011 or September 2011 in April, inviting them to defer their start […]

2 Gray’s Inn collapse hands 15 to 4KBW

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Eversheds PEP falls by 27 per cent as revenue drops to £366m

The financial cost of funding three rounds of redundancies has seen Eversheds’ average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure drop by 26.8 per cent over the last year while revenues have fallen by six per cent. The firm’s PEP figure fell from £552,000 in 2007-08 to £404,000 during the last financial year. Turnover dropped from […]

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