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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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DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts. London NQs are now on a salary of £63,000, a rise of 19 per cent on the £53,000 they received last year. In the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, […]

College of Law strikes key deal with 30 firms

The College of Law’s plan to dominate legal education has moved up a gear after it struck a major deal with 30 law firms to provide a pioneering training programme for its junior corporate lawyers. The law school will provide members of the consortium, which includes Berwin Leighton Paisner, Dechert, Herbert Smith, Jones Day, SJ […]

Deloitte tax partner returns to the bar

Deloitte tax partner Philip Ridgway has returned to the bar, joining Temple Tax Chambers. Ridgway is leaving Deloitte after more than a decade to build his corporate and personal tax practice and to offer clients a “taxation in insolvency” specialism at the tax chambers. Ridgway, who was called to the bar in 1986, decided that […]

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Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) managing partner Michael Greville and a team of practice group heads flew into New York last week to intensify merger talks with US firm Chadbourne & Parke – talks exclusively revealed by The Lawyer last week (18 June). Greville and his partners met their Chadbourne counterparts, including managing partner Charles […]

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