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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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Covington’s SEC hire boosts securities

Covington & Burling has recruited the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) director of corporate finance to head up its securities practice David Martin has joined the US firm as a partner and will split his time between New York and Washington DC.Despite being in the US top 100 law firms, DC-based Covington is not renowned […]

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Greenwoods may be growing, but its focus will always be personal injury Niche firm Greenwoods has a rather obscure location, given its focus on the insurance industry. While most of its competitors are crammed into the EC3 district – corralling Lloyd’s of London and other core clients – Greenwoods nestles in Bloomsbury. But such a […]

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The Disability Rights Commission feels the best way to win rights is through conciliation, using litigation as a last resort. But many of those it represents believe the courtroom is the only arena that will give them a fair fight. Who’s right? The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) have […]

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