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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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In June 2013, a new system of front-of-pack food labelling was introduced in the UK on a voluntary basis, using a combination of colour coding (traffic lights inspired) and nutritional information that is believed to be consumer friendly. While major UK retailers, as well as a handful of major food manufacturers, signed up for the […]

HMRC crackdown leads to Manches administration

The grim details of Manches’ downward slide are revealed on TheLawyer.com today, exposing an unpaid tax bill which forced the firm into administration prior to its takeover by Penningtons. Penningtons ended up paying just £500,000 for Manches’ work in progress despite originally setting out for a merger of equals. When the two firms first started […]

Turmoil rules at all-change Ashurst

Stephen Lloyd’s exit piles on the pressure, just when firm was hoping for a breather Ashurst has had more than its fair share of dramas in the past six weeks – a multimillion-pound merger, a shock leadership change and an overhaul of the board. Now, as they frantically search for the ‘pause’ button, they are […]

Former federal prosecutor Teri Donaldson joins DLA Piper in Houston

DLA Piper has announced that Teri Donaldson has joined the firm’s litigation practice as a partner in the Houston office.  Donaldson has a broad environmental, energy and white-collar practice involving both litigation and transactional matters. She has participated in numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions, having tried more than 50 cases as lead counsel, and defended against several […]

Fines for data protection breaches: how serious does the breach need to be?

In overturning a fine imposed by the Information Commissioner against the Scottish Borders Council, the UK’s First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) ruled that the breach in question was insufficiently serious to warrant a financial penalty. This begs the question: how serious does a breach need to be before a fine will be imposed? The council had […]

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