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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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Flemings' Howe quits after merger

Flemings’ general counsel is leaving as the integration of the merchant bank into Chase Manhattan reaches its final stages. Geoffrey Howe, who joined the bank in 1997 after stepping down as senior partner at Clifford Chance, is leaving at the end of the year. He is one of five board directors to depart following the […]

Taking things one step at a time

The joint DTI/Treasury Review Group launched its examination of the rescue culture in January 1999 and issued its preliminary consultation paper in September that year. At the beginning of November, the long-awaited and much-trumpeted report on the 1999 consultation made its belated appearance. The report is dated May 2000. So why did it remain in […]

Sullivan & Cromwell Name New Chairman

Currently the firm’s Vice Chairman, Cohen succeeds Ricardo Mestres, who must retire under the firm’s rules when he turns 67 next year. Cohen says he anticipates “very little in the way of change of course” at the 500-lawyer firm which has ten offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Controversially, Cohen only accepted the Chairmanship […]

Achilles

Achilles Group receives £12m worth of first-round equity funding from a group of UK utility investors, 3i and IT company SAP. A group of seven utility companies including Powergen and Anglian Water advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse (Nicholas Thompsell). 3i advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co (John Hiscock). SAP advised by Trevor Robinson & Co […]

Financial analyst joins Fladgates

Fladgate Fielder has appointed its first professional financial analyst following a period of record growth, which saw last year’s turnover grow by nearly 26 per cent to £14.1m. Joanna Brown joins Fladgate Fielder from IT contract agency MSB International later this month. Her mandate is to create an action plan for future growth to go […]

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