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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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Awards ceremonies are difficult to deal with for the losers, but ­sometimes even harder for the winners – especially if you’re a barrister. All that pressure to come up with a speech that does your ­oratorical skills justice can sometimes prove too much. The perfect acceptance speech is short, funny and, most importantly, not embarrassing […]

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It’s alive! 10 October 2008A classic Mary Shelley moment today as the Law Society has discovered that the monster it created is alive and kicking. A classic Mary Shelley moment today as the Law Society has discovered that the monster it created is alive and kicking. Having set up the Solicitors Regulation Authority only three […]

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SJ Berwin, Speechly advise on last-ditch rescue bid for MFI

Ashurst, Salans, SJ Berwin and Speechly ­Bircham have been handed leading roles in the rescue of troubled home furnishing MFI with an eleventh hour ­management buyout. SJ Berwin, Speechly advise on last-ditch rescue bid for MFI” />Ashurst, Salans, SJ Berwin ;and ;Speechly ­Bircham have been handed leading roles in the rescue of troubled home furnishing MFI with […]

Wall St woes: Watching Wachovia

It was literally a last-minute intervention. At 11.59am yesterday (8 October), the Federal Reserve extended its standstill on Citigroup’s lawsuit over Wells Fargo’s bid for US bank Wachovia. Wachovia’s lawyers at Boies Schiller & Flexner, Citigroup’s litigators at Gregory Joseph Law Offices and Wells Fargo’s lawyers at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were all ready […]

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