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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 advises on £715m Crest Nicholson bid

DLA Piper client Castle Bidco has agreed a £715m offer for property developer Crest Nicholson after the Takeover Panel extended its offer deadline to today. Crest Nicholson, advised by longstanding counsel Linklaters, has confirmed that it will accept an offer at 629.7 pence per share, unanimously accepted by Crest Nicholson’s board. It had previously rejected […]

Court of Appeal slams Collins’ GMC rulings

Mr Justice Collins has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for failing to uphold “the preservation of the public confidence in the profession”. Overturning two of Collins J’s rulings in cases against the General Medical Council (GMC), Lord Justice Chadwick said: “In my judgement the test which [Collins] applied is, with respect, not helpful […]

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Covington & Burling

Covington & Burling is one of those solid, full-service national firms that needs no introduction in the US but suffers from a lack of visibility over here. This lack of visibility is perhaps unfair, though, given its headline-grabbing clients such as Microsoft, which it represents on both sides of the Atlantic.

Freeth Cartwright grows Manchester base

Midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has revealed an ambitious growth plan for the firm’s Manchester office. The firm has moved into new city centre offices twice the size of its previous base and aims to increase lawyer numbers from the present three to 15 within 12 months. Chairman Colin Flanagan said: “The potential for growth in Manchester […]

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