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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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ACH Shoosmiths provides legal services and support to Scottish housing association

ACH Shoosmiths has been appointed as one of five law firms that will provide legal advice to Scotland’s second-largest housing association, Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP). The law firm is now part of a panel providing external legal services and support on social-housing matters concerning real estate; housing law, governance and regulation and charity […]

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39 Essex Street seals Kuala Lumpur launch

London set 39 Essex Street has confirmed plans to open an office in Kuala Lumpur in October, making it the first UK chambers to have a presence in Malaysia. 39 Essex Street has taken an office at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) following a formal signing of the lease yesterday. The Lawyer […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright debt plummets after cash increase

Norton Rose Fulbright reduced its net debt by 72 per cent last year, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown, with a 119 per cent increase in cash negating a rise in bank borrowings. The accounts show that at the end of the last financial year Norton Rose Fulbright held £47.8m in cash in hand and […]

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