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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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Rollits handed Charity Bank advisory position

North East firm Rollits has been appointed as sole legal adviser to the newly-created Charity Bank The firm secured the mandate because of the reputation of the head of its charity group Ros Harwood.During its 10-year development period, Charity Bank was advised by the London and East Anglia firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite.Charity Bank, which […]

Clifford Chance New York slammed by its own associates

13 page documents details Clifford Chance associates’ grievances that range from the firm’s billable hours target to poor communication The memo, which has been seen by The Lawyer, identified the following primary areas that associates are dissatisfied with. They are:the 2420 annual billable hours target; a perceived sense of chaos with the; assignment system; a […]

Leeds' second-tier play the field

It might not be very sunny at the moment, but Leeds’ second-tier firms are certainly making hay. For the city’s big six – Addleshaw Booth & Co, DLA, Eversheds, Hammonds, Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Walker Morris – the past six months have brought mixed fortunes. Hammonds has been the victim of rumours of financial worries […]

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