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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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US hi-tech firm axes UK chief

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DAC's Rochez quits for US firm LeBoeufs

TROUBLED firm Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing its former managing partner Nick Rochez to US giant LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Rochez, managing partner between 1987 and 1992, is a key player in the litigation department, one of three major areas DAC is focusing on after the dramatic restructuring exercise in February when 90 […]

…as European firms integrate

Cameron McKenna has made the first steps towards its goal of forming a single pan-European law firm, as first revealed in The Lawyer (15 March). It has integrated its Brussels office with its CMS European alliance partner Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau. The CMS group, formed this year from four European firms and Cameron McKenna, intends […]

Eversheds poaches IP expert from Cobbetts

Eversheds’ Birmingham office has created a new department head after poaching intellectual property expert Philip Atkinson from Manchester firm Cobbetts. Atkinson joins Eversheds’ Birmingham office as head of IP this week in a role created especially for him. He spent the last year as a partner in Cobbetts’ IP and media department. Prior to joining […]

Tarlo Lyons heads Euro IT advice group

A GROUP of European lawyers have formed a cross-border alliance to advise technology clients. The initiative, called euroITcounsel, aims to provide legal know-how on specific issues within the technology industry. UK firm Tarlo Lyons is the UK representative and co-ordinates the project. IT is one of its areas of expertise. Other members come from Austria, […]

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