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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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William Fry has emerged as the winner of the Irish Department of Finance’s tender to appoint a legal adviser to work on the potential capital restructuring of Ireland’s investments in Allied Irish Banks (AIB). The department carried out a mini tender competition earlier this month among the members of its legal advisory panel. That was […]

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Ashurst’s finances boosted by Australian merger as cash total doubles

Ashurst doubled its cash reserves from £15.5m to £30.4m in 2013/14, according to its latest LLP accounts filed with Companies House. The firm began the 2013/14 financial year with net debt of £13.9m, and finished the period with net funds of £3.2m, largely due to its increased cash flow. During the last full financial year, […]

Conyers advises Odella Leather on Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing

Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman and BVI legal advice to Odella Leather Holdings Limited on its HK$55m (£4.6m) listing on the Growth Enterprise Market of Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of placing. Odella Leather Holdings manufactures and sells private label leather garments for original equipment manufacturers, primarily fashion brands. Anna Chong of Conyers’ […]

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Law Society and LCCSA lose judicial review into criminal legal aid reforms

The Law Society is taking its fight over Government cuts to criminal legal aid to the Court of Appeal after the High Court threw out a judicial review into criminal legal aid contracts. The High Court today (18 February) upheld Government reforms to legal aid in a decision deemed “deeply disappointing” by the Law Society […]

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