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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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Keeping up with Jones

Sad news from up north, where it emerges that Hammonds’ former managing partner Chris Jones is selling his house. Tulkinghorn became aware of the news when he opened an envelope containing a two-page spread from the Bradford Telegraph & Argus’s ‘House & Home’ section. Closer inspection revealed that the ‘Home of the Week’ was none […]

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Simmons & Simmons has completed its first deal for Royal Dutch/Shell since being awarded a place on the oil giant’s panel last year. Simmons advised Shell on the sale of its oil products business in the Caribbean to the Sol Group, a petroleum affiliate of the Interamericana Trading Corporation. When Shell completed a global review […]

Shepherd + Wedderburn wins F&C adviser role

F&C Asset Management, one of the five largest asset managers in the UK, has added Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn to its legal roster. The appointment follows the merger last October of F&C (formerly Foreign & Colonial) and Isis Asset Management to form a new company with around £118bn under management. F&C’s legal department, headed by […]

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Will Wilmer Cutler end up showing Hale the door?Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr’s first end-of-year financials will give all partners cause for cheer. The firm’s turnover for 2004 was $750m (£402.1m). That figure is up a respectable 14 per cent on a combined 2003 total of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering’s $334m (£179.2m) and Hale […]

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