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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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Mid-market firms are working their clearing bank contacts. It’s just like old times for insolvency professionals – the expected flow of mandates has undoubtedly begun. At the top end Linklaters (Lehman Brothers, Waterford Wedgwood) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Woolworths) have made the most, but the rest of the headline work on high street names has […]

Rent-free deal to save Burges £12m on new HQ

Burges Salmon has cut a deal to save nearly £12m in rent as it prepares to move into its new office building in 2010. The firm negotiated a two and a half-year rent-free period as part of its 20-year lease at a new development in Bristol’s Temple Quay. As top-end office rates in the city […]

Romania Special Report: Late expectations

After 10 years of economic growth, international firms have finally started to flock to Romania. But with the global downturn beginning to have an effect, have they arrived too late? Romania has certainly made its fair share of headlines in the international legal press over the past 12 months. In the period before and after […]

CC, O’Melveny help raise £2bn for Actis

Clifford Chance and ­O’Melveny & Myers jointly advised emerging markets ­private equity house Actis on a $2.9bn (£1.99bn) fundraising for Actis Emerging Markets 3. Partners Jason Glover and Ed Gander and associate Peter Olds led the ­Clifford Chance team. ­O’Melveny & Myers was led by UK partners John ­Daghlian and Solomon Wifa and included US […]

Orrick boosts London revenue 14 per cent

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office has reported a 14.3 per cent revenue hike for the 2008 financial year. The US firm increased revenue in the capital from $35m in 2007 up to $40m for the last financial year. London’s total revenue represents 4.8 per cent of the firm’s total 2008 turnover of $835m. Earlier […]

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