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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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Cobbetts in Leeds office relocation

Just weeks after moving into new Birmingham premises, fast-expanding firm Cobbetts has announced an office relocation in Leeds. It will take up three floors of purpose-built accommodation on the banks of the River Aire from summer 2006. New space is urgently needed for Cobbetts, which has undergone four mergers, including two in Leeds, in the […]

Arnold & Porter acts for BAE on DigitalNet acquisition

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has strengthened its relationship with BAE Systems after the firm scooped its first corporate instruction for the UK defence giant. Arnold & Porter, which has historically advised BAE on Ministry of Defence and IP matters, was brought in to handle the due diligence relating to the company’s acquisition of […]

Ashurst lands Terra Firma after Linklaters conflicted

Ashurst has secured its first instruction from Terra Firma thanks to a conflict at Linklaters, advising the private equity house on the separate auctions of the UCI and Odeon cinema chains. Linklaters advised on the establishment of the Terra Firma fund, although subsequently Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have won the […]

Shred heads

The sentencing of CSFB banker Frank Quattrone to eighteen months in prison has blown the issue of privilege wide open. Jon Robins reports Frank Quattrone, the former star investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) during the internet stock bubble, was sentenced two weeks ago to 18 months in prison in New York after […]

The work-life quiz

Patrick Gaul, managing partner, Weightmans What was your first ever job?Selling lottery tickets for Everton FC. What was your worst experience as a trainee? The first time – of many – that I was mauled by one of the Masters in the Royal Courts of Justice, probably over some trivial procedural misdemeanour. Where’s the best […]

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