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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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Wallonia plans overhaul of the soil pollution statue

The Walloon government has adopted a (first reading) draft to amend the Current Soil Clean Up Statute. This draft now requires a second reading before submitting to the Walloon Parliament. It is expected that the amended Soil Statute will be adopted by the end of 2013. This publication summarises the main modifications if the draft […]

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Slaughters considers career progression shake-up

Slaughter and May is considering updating its traditional career progression structure and could expand the role of special adviser and consultants. The firm currently has two special advisers, who are remunerated on a different basis to senior associates but do not fall into its all-equity partnership. The move is a sea change for the traditional […]

Social media’s mortgage revolution does not materialise

Troubled times, when the cost of living rises while wages and the public purse are being squeezed, can produce some interesting, and even ingenious, attempts by debtors to avoid paying their dues. The recent case of The Mortgage Business Plc v Lamb is a good example of one such, particularly sophisticated, endeavour. The claimant lender (TMB) […]

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Hengeler adds third partner to London office to strengthen private equity

German firm Hengeler Mueller is relocating private equity partner Steffen Oppenländer to its London office to boost its offering in the City. The Slaughter and May best friend is the latest in a steady string of European firms to add capability to London in a sign of the City’s continuing importance as a hub for […]

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