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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.

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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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Lloyds, RBS kick off post-crunch panel reviews

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New redundancy consultation puts 76 Eversheds jobs at risk

Eversheds has launched a second round of redundancy talks with 45 lawyers and related support staff, taking the total number of jobs under threat at the firm to at least 76. Those ;affected ;are ­predominantly in the M&A, finance and insurance departments. Within the finance department the ­consultation is focused on real estate and acquisition […]

One Brick Court faces Ugly dispute

One Brick Court and Russell Jones & Walker have been instructed by 9-12 Bell Yard barrister Constance Briscoe in her defence against libel allegations brought by her mother. Briscoe’s mother Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell has sued her daughter and publishers Hodder & Stoughton for libel over Briscoe’s 2006 memoirs of her childhood called Ugly. Briscoe’s mother said […]

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SJ Berwin partner slammed by Tories

SJ Berwin partner Jonathan Djanogly, Conservative MP for Huntingdon, has been criticised for using the firm’s trainees for parliamentary research work. SJ Berwin partner slammed by Tories” />SJ Berwin partner Jonathan Djanogly, who is Conservative MP for Huntingdon, has been criticised by his Westminster opponents after using the firm’s trainees for parliamentary research work. An […]

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