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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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Singapore’s SCs come of age

It’s less than 20 years since the role of senior counsel was introduced in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean the rank is any less worthy than the centuries-old queen’s counsel role in the UK. At least that was the message sent by Singaporean High Court judge Steven Chong last week, when he refused to grant […]

Shoosmiths expands family law team

Shoosmiths has expanded its family law offering with the appointment of a partner, an associate and a solicitor. The new team will operate as part of Access Legal, the firm’s private client arm. The new hires will work with existing family law partner Marika Franceschi, and specialists Claire Christie and Karen Nicol in Shoosmiths’ family […]

Walker Morris auctions paintings to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice

Walker Morris is hoping to raise money for charity by holding an auction of the paintings from two decades of its Children’s Charity Calendar Competition. The auction forms part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of its Children’s Calendar Painting Competition. To commemorate this milestone, Walker Morris is hosting a special exhibition at the […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright energy head homes in on APAC with Sydney move

The head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global energy practice is relocating from London to Sydney to focus on transactions in the Asia Pacific region. Simon Currie, who joined pre-merger Norton Rose’s London energy practice 17 years ago, is to make the move in January 2015. In the wake of Norton Rose’s 2010 merger with Australia’s […]

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