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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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Barristers scramble for Fraud Offic

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is trawling through 350 applications by barristers for membership of a pool of additional counsel for its fraud investigations and prosecutions. The applications are in response to letters from the SFO’s director,Rosalind Wright, to the head of every set in the country asking them to submit details of counsel prepared […]

Royal Bank of Scotland

This deal for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) means Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) property finance department has worked on up to £4bn worth of deals in the past six months, compared with £3bn for the whole of last year.As an elite player in property finance, RBS accounts for a good third of that work. […]

Biko’s champion

Sir Sydney Kentridge was defence barrister in the two highest-profile cases in apartheid South Africa. But at 78 are the energy levels starting to run low?

SJ Berwin in Palmer Capital scoop

SJ Berwin property partner David Ryland has won a new role as adviser to property private equity house Palmer Capital Partners (PCP), despite difficult market conditions for developers. A property finance specialist, Ryland has just completed his first piece of work for PCP, a £200m five-year joint venture between PCP-backed property company Frontier Estates and […]

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