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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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BLG hires FSA lawyer for regulatory team

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has strengthened its financial services regulatory team with the hire of a lawyer from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) enforcement division. Emily Benson has joined the firm as an associate director, one level below partner, and reports to financial services regulatory head Ian Mason. Mason, who joined BLG in January […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Lovells tinkers with lockstep again

Lovells is reviewing its lockstep once again with the intention of allowing partners in economically weaker jurisdictions to enter the equity. Currently the firm’s equity ladder starts at 30 points, increasing by three points a year over a 10-year period. However, with partners having to meet certain requirements in order to enter the lockstep it […]

Financial services and pensions

The European financial services market has gone through major change this year with the implementa-tion of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid). The directive has been making a slow entry in individual member states, something that will hamper its smooth running for a number of years to come. Domestically, market abuse remains a major […]

Linklaters reunited with DIC after Freshfields conflicted out

Linklaters reunited with DIC after Freshfields conflicted out” />Linklaters has won back Dubai International Capital (DIC) as a client, completing two mega-deals for the emirate’s investment arm in one week. The firm navigated DIC through its $1.2bn (£580m) purchase of German aluminium producer Altadis from Rhône Group and Teachers’ Private Capital (TPC). A day later, […]

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