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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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Norton Rose, Bird & Bird swoop for Hammonds practice heads

Bird & Bird and Norton Rose are the latest firms to profit from Hammonds’ woes after rated sports head Jonathan Taylor joined the technology, media and telecommunications firm and head of environment Caroline May quit for Norton Rose. May replaces Brian Greenwood as Norton Rose’s environment head after he left for Taylor Wessing earlier this […]

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As City lawyers jet off for their summer holidays, training has remained a consistent story generator. Stories to hit The Lawyer’s headlines have included Clifford Chance‘s appointment of a ‘people partner’ to oversee career development, Norton Rose‘s decision to outsource its solicitor-advocate training to BPP Professional Development and Nottingham Law School’s plans to launch in […]

The same old story

Law firms will never learn. If you turn the clock back to the 1990’s economic boom, you’ll find that firms were experiencing exactly the same problem. Work was flooding through the doors, but there weren’t enough associates to staff the deals. In some cases firms were so frantic that they had to turn deals away. […]

Richards Butler, SJ Berwin in La Senza deal

Richards Butler, SJ Berwin in La Senza deal SJ Berwin and Richards Butler have advised on the £100m sale of the La Senza lingerie chain to private equity house Lion Capital, the former European arm of Texas-based Hicks Muse, which broke off in 2005. SJ Berwin and Richards Butler have advised on the £100m sale […]

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