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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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Leadership: Developing effective executive committees

Law firms have always relied on technically brilliant lawyers to help build their reputation. In the future this may well not be sufficient. Firms need to understand how to grow leaders, provide direction and alignment with its values and DNA, and inspire commitment from disparate geographies and practices. Those that prepare their finest partners for […]

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Deutsche Bank legal costs fall by 80 per cent in Q4 2014 as cases linger

Deutsche Bank’s litigation costs fell by over 80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, from €1.1bn to €207m (£155m), helping the bank to a surprise pretax profit. The figures revealed in the fourth quarter report follows news last October that Germany’s largest lender had posted a […]

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The Hot 100 2015: Litigation

In association with Fox Rodney, Saunderson House and Thomson Reuters Ruth Badrick, Brahams Dutt Badrick French It has been a whirlwind couple of years for Brahams Dutt Badrick French (BDBF) litigation partner Ruth Badrick, who is a founding partner of the employment boutique that launched in 2012. In May she was elected chair of the […]

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