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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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In brief: Addison secures harassment conviction

Former Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor Neil Addison has secured the first convictions of campaigners or demonstrators under the Harassment Act since it came into force last year. Two animal rights protestors have been banned from going within half a mile of a Nothumberland mink farm. Addison, an expert on the Act, had prosecuted the […]

Law Soc comes under fire for tightening up conveyancing conflicts of interest rules

The Law Society has introduced a new rule on conflicts of interest during conveyancing transactions – ignoring calls by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) that this would push up house prices. The Law Society Council voted last week to introduce a rule clarifying the responsibilities of solicitors who jointly represent both the home buyer […]

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Firms mount bid to block restrictive Hungarian law

FOREIGN lawyers in Bud-apest have launched a last-ditch effort to persuade the Hungarian government to rethink a proposed new law restricting their ability to practise in the country. The proposed law is currently before a parliamentary committee, which is expected to decide the final shape of the bill. As it stands, the ruling would require […]

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Berwin Leighton acted for Imry Holdings on its £121m disposal of the Halogic portfolio to PRICOA Property Investment Management, advised by Cameron McKenna.

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