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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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A&O plants Peerpoint in Hong Kong to crack Asian market

Allen & Overy has kick-started its Asian ambitions with the roll-out of flexible resourcing division Peerpoint to Hong Kong this week. The firm is testing the waters in China with the hope of proving that Peerpoint can work effectively outside the London market. Peerpoint will continue to rely on A&O alumni, who will be called […]

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Ireland’s Arthur Cox hires Source general counsel for London office

Irish firm Arthur Cox has appointed the general counsel of exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Source, Adrian Mulryan, as a partner in its London funds team. Mulryan joined Source as its general counsel in 2009 from the Royal Bank of Scotland where he was head of retail issuance. He began his career at Irish firm LK […]

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Looking to Europe: A closer look at Fieldfisher’s flurry of lateral hires

Fieldfisher has cast a wide net to snare lateral hires in Europe, but what is its strategy on the continent? Since Michael Chissick became Fieldfisher’s managing partner back in February 2013, he claims to have been “slowly but surely” investing in lateral hires. According to The Lawyer UK 200, the firm increased its partner numbers […]

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Six take flight from Bird & Bird’s China offices in defection to IP consultancy

IP consultancy Awapatent has picked up Bird & Bird Hong Kong IP rainmaker Ai-Leen Lim and a team of five for its Beijing and Hong Kong branch AWA Asia. Lim has left Bird & Bird, where she was international partner and head of trademark portfolio management in Greater China, to head the consultancy’s practice as […]

Ogier guides lenders on Waterlogic take-private deal

Ogier has advised the lenders on the £122.6m acquisition of Waterlogic plc by Castik Capital.  The lenders include GE Capital, HSBC, ING, Santander and Societe Generale, and together they provided £113m of senior debt facilities supporting the take-private by private equity fund Castik of the UK-based provider of mains-fed drinking water purification and dispensing systems. Edward […]

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