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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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EEF report shows tribunal downturn

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Mostyn-Williams joins Cadwalader's City office

US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is hiring high-profile banking lawyer Stephen Mostyn-Williams to head its London international banking and finance practice He arrives from Landwell, where he was the business development director.Mostyn-Williams, Shearman & Sterling’s former head of acquisition finance, is charged with expanding the firm’s banking and finance practice in the UK and […]

New Chancery Bar Association rules speed up CFAs

The Chancery Bar Association (CBA) has redrafted its conditional fee arrangement (CFA) rules in an effort to save time and to save clients’ money Less contentious elements of CFA contracts will no longer have to be subject to renegotiation during each case as they have become standardised into an all-embracing new set of terms and […]

PwC Legal appoints replacement chair

The Australian legal arm of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed Michael Daniel as its new chairman following the departure of John Churchill four months ago Daniel is a partner in the litigation department of PwC Legal, where he specialises in commercial and regulatory litigation. He was elected unanimously as the new chairman of the […]

Norton Rose in hiring spree for Amsterdam launch

Norton Rose has hired four partners from Dutch firms as it prepares to launch its Amsterdam practice with two-partner Groenewald van Wassenaer Houthoff Buruma has supplied three of the partners – Ep Hannema, Weero Koster and Gijs van Leeuwen. They will be joined by Marcel van de Vorst from Van Doorne. Van Doorne was also […]

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