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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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Shell Shock: David Isenegger, Shell UK

April’s North Sea helicopter crash turned the spotlight on the UK oil industry. Shell managing counsel David Isenegger tells Tom Phillips about the challenges of working in such a remote and dangerous industry David Isenegger Recent events in the North Sea brought the oil industry to the front pages for tragic reasons. Oil is often […]

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Freshfields to give non-retained qualifiers a golden goodbye

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to give a goodwill cash payment to trainees who are not retained after qualifying in September. The City firm has announced that it will only take on 71 per cent of its current September qualifying class. Its retention rate last September was 91 per cent. Trainee recruitment head Deborah Dalgleish said:  […]

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Finers Stephens Innocent has hired Addleshaw Goddard’s head of equality Jane Amphlett. Jane Amphlett Move of the week She joins as a partner in the employment group, having been a partner at Addleshaws. Finers managing partner Paul Millett said: “This is the fifth partner-level lateral hire we have made in the past year.” UK LONDON […]

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