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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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Lovells swoops on Freshfields for business development boss

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Ben Bennett: Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield’s Ben Bennett has found a role that makes use of both his legal and business skills. By Jon Parker Cushman & Wakefield is the world’s largest private real estate business. In December last year Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison client IFIL Investments valued the company at $975m (£483.98m) when it paid […]

BBC’s legal director promoted to worldwide COO position

The BBC’s director of business and legal affairs Sarah Cooper has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO) at BBC Worldwide. The role, which is newly created, will see Cooper become directly responsible for all of BBC Worldwide’s corporate operations, including legal and business affairs, talent accounting and corporate governance. Cooper’s former position as director […]

Paul Hastings raises London NQ salaries to £90k

US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has matched Weil Gotshal & Manges by upping its London newly qualifieds’ salary to £90,000. London NQs at Paul Hastings have benefitted from a 20 per cent rise in base salary in the move, which London managing partner Mark Eagan defined as an attempt by the firm to […]

White & Case, Links brought in on CVC’s planned LBO for Altadis

Linklaters and White & Case have landed lead roles on CVC Capital Partners’ planned leveraged buyout (LBO) of tobacco company Altadis. Linklaters, which has an established relationship with the private equity house, is advising CVC on all aspects of the e12.8bn (£8.63bn) bid. The team is being led by Madrid-based partner Alejandro Ortiz. CVC’s preferred […]

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