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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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A case of unfulfilled potential

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Denton Hall out of tripartite merger

DENTON Hall has pulled out of merger talks with Cameron Markby Hewitt and McKenna & Co at the eleventh hour. Although the firm was last week still denying it had even entered talks with McKennas and Camerons, negotiations have been in progress between the firms for several months. It is understood that the two other […]

In brief: McKennas advises on MoD contract

McKenna & Co’s corporate partner Richard Price has advised a unique consortium that has won a £500m 15-year PFI contract from the Ministry of Defence to set up and run the army, air force and navy helicopter pilot training school. It is the largest PFI contract the MoD has so far awarded. Price commented: “It’s […]

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City legal practices have always been new technology adopters – most recently they have been at the forefront of moves toward data-centric network environments. However, the willingness to adopt leading-edge developments has been tempered by a more typical legal market cautiousness in the form of mandatory checks and corporate procedures. But is the present rush […]

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