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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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The blame game

Light-touch regulation has been blamed for the credit crisis – but it’s still the best system there is, argues Duncan Black People ask if the regulators were asleep ;when ;subprime ­mortgages were created. The answer is that they were not asleep but their attention was elsewhere, doing things such as looking for insider dealers and […]

Buyers beware

With the distribution of bank debt set to become more problematic in the wake of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, Diane Roberts asks what regulators can do to shore up the sub-participation market Following the Lehman bankruptcies and administrations and amid the ongoing ­financial crisis, it is likely that the ­distribution of bank debt will become more […]

Thacher Proffitt VC takes team to Greenberg

Embattled US firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood has lost its vice chairman along with an entire office to Greenberg Traurig. The Miami-headquartered firm has hired two former Thacher Proffitt real estate finance partners – Tom Leslie and Tom Infurna – as well as six other lawyers. Leslie was formerly the managing partner of Thacher Proffitt’s […]

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Thelen Reid prepares dissolution vote

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner held a crisis meeting today (28 October) to discuss the dissolution of the firm. The US firm’s 13-member partnership counsel called the meeting to discuss dissolution with the full partnership. A Thelen spokesman confirmed: “The meeting has been called by the firm partnership counsel to recommend a vote for […]

Heller City corporate partners to join Orrick

The core of Heller Ehrman’s London corporate team is poised to join Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe before the end of the week. Corporate partners Richard Eaton, Chris Grew and Struan Penwarden will join Orrick’s London office with three assistants. “It’s almost a done deal,” said an Orrick source, “I don’t foresee any problems now.” With […]

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