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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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Norr Stiefenhofer targets Slovakia for office opening

Germany’s Norr Stiefenhofer Lutz is widening its Central and Eastern European (CEE) spread by opening a Bratislava base. The office in new EU member state Slovakia’s capital is the firm’s sixth in CEE and has been set up to take advantage of the region’s increasing draw for outside investment due to favourable labour costs and […]

King & Spalding drives patent group forward with new hire

King & Spalding’s fledgling New York patent litigation group has welcomed a partner from Kenyon & Kenyon. Robert Perry, who was also a member of Kenyon & Kenyon’s management committee group, will bring the number of fee-earners in King & Spalding’s New York-based group to 11, including four partners. King & Spalding set up the […]

Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA

Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA” />Nabarro Nathanson is acting on a pro bono basis for the British Airways (BA) stewardesses suing the airline for sex discrimination. The Nabarros team, led by head of employment Sue Ashtiany (left), is advising 12 of the 14 stewardesses in their claim. Two more women are pursuing […]

Careers: in brief

A senior figure at Scottish firm Pagan Osborne has been named as a trust law specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. Bill Pagan, who heads the 10-partner firm’s tax, trust and strategic financial planning department, joins a select band of 14 Scottish solicitors to receive the recognition, considered by many as one of the […]

House of Lords to overturn Three Rivers ruling

The House of Lords today indicated that it will uphold the Bank of England’s appeal in the Three Rivers District Council case. Lords Scott, Rodger, Carswell, Brown and Lady Hale gave the indication due to the implications their ruling will have on the ongoing BCCI litigation. The Three Rivers council had requested disclosure of communications […]

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