Class Actions

Collective redress, group litigation orders (GLOs)… however it is dressed up, it amounts to the same thing: class action. And it is an arena taking the legal profession by storm.

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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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Ashurst moves into Shearman’s building

Shearman & Sterling’s London office is to sublet half a floor to Ashurst. Ashurst will move around 50 staff across the road to Shearman’s Broadgate West offices on Appold Street in June. The sub-lease was signed in August 2007. The Broadgate West building already houses parts of Ashurst’s real estate, litigation and energy practices, but […]

DWF scraps new office plans due to credit crunch

DWF has put its expansion plans on hold, with the economic climate making office openings too costly. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer of his change of direction, which came after a number of merger overtures to firms in several markets outside its Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston bases. Leaitherland said: “I’ve looked […]

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Organ donation is in the spotlight as the effects of the Human Tissue Act start to appear. Julie Austin reports on how the law has changed since the Nationwide Retained Organs Group litigation

Dundas & Wilson in landmark High Court pension win

The London office of Dundas & Wilson has won a High Court victory for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) that will have wide-reaching implications for thousands of pensioners in insolvent companies. Sitting in the Chancery Division, Mr Justice David Richards found in favour of the PPF in a long-running case relating to asbestos producer Turner […]

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