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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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K&L Gates opens in Frankfurt with Simmons hires

K&L Gates has opened a new German office in Frankfurt with the hire of two Simmons & Simmons partners. The office will focus on corporate, M&A and finance, and will be led by Simmons partners Mathias Schulze Steinen and Frank Thomas. The Frankfurt office is K&L Gates’ second office in Germany, following the firm’s opening […]

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Trouble at t’ bank?

I have had a lot of calls over the last few months from Managing Partners and Finance Directors of law firms asking for a second opinion as to whether the renewal terms offered by their bank are reasonable. These conversations invariably contain expressions such as “usury”, “daylight robbery”, “kicking a man while he is down” […]

Opinion: a civil approach to insider dealing could reap dividends

Tony Woodcock, commercial litigation partner, Stephenson Harwood The rarity of successful criminal insider dealing prosecutions has resulted in some criticism of the Financial Services ­Authority (FSA) for its handling of the case of Richard Ralph. Ralph had ­confessed to the FSA that he had bought shares in a company of which he was the chairman […]

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