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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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Shearman & Sterling mulls agile working in London

Shearman & Sterling is consulting on plans to introduce agile working in its London office. Shearman’s UK base has had an informal system in place for a number of years but confirmed to The Lawyer that it is reviewing its thinking on agile working for London lawyers after it introduced a policy to allow its US-based associates to work from home two days a […]

International Gateley team advises on $118m court ruling

A team of lawyers from the Dubai and Birmingham offices of national law firm, Gateley Plc, has successfully advised Belgium-based, Bocimar International NV, on a dispute against Dubai-based ship-owner, Emirates Trading Agency LLC (ETA). Bocimar International NV (‘Bocimar’) is an Antwerp-based company that specialises in dry bulk shipping, and in 2007 Bocimar concluded two charter parties, […]

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