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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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House husbands, gender imbalance and divorce law

The case of a ‘house husband’ being granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal over a financial settlement in divorce proceedings has re-opened the gender argument in family proceedings. Rupert Nightingale a freelance photographer and stay-at-home husband and father was awarded a lump sum of £300,000 together with £50,000 a year maintenance as […]

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Autohome Inc. on its secondary offering

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Autohome Inc. and BVI legal advice to the BVI subsidiary in connection with a secondary offering in the US of 1,500,000 class A ordinary shares. Autohome Inc is an online destination for automobile consumers in China. Anna Chong of Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised […]

Latham shifts focus of private equity hiring spree to the continent

The European legal market has been shaken by a flurry of lateral hires over the past week, with firms including Baker & McKenzie , Fieldfisher and Morrison & Foerster reaping the rewards. But it is Latham & Watkins that raised the most eyebrows, pulling off the significant hire of Clifford Chance’s global private equity co-head […]

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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