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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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The Leader Column

What’s this pair thing going on with Theodore Goddard (TG) partners? Last week we revealed that employment partners Peter Cooke and Jane Bullen had resigned to go to Salans. Banking partners Michael Black and Jayesh Patel are about to jump to Denton Wilde Sapte. And, as we report in this week’s issue, corporate partners Graham […]

CC sorts its site out

What a caring and sharing place Clifford Chance is. Instead of the usual ‘partner’ search facility the firm includes on its website, Clifford Chance has changed it into a more inclusive ‘lawyer’ search function. This more cuddly approach may well have been inspired by the recent bruising that the firm received at the hands of […]

Morley triumphant in A&O managing partner election

Banking star to take the helm of magic circle firm next May Allen & Overy global banking head David Morley has won the election to be the magic circle firm’s new managing partner. He beat projects partner Anne Baldock and Belgium managing partner Wim Dejonghe to the post after current managing partner John Rink stepped […]

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Already a further example of idiocy from accountants – and after last week’s demonstration of how to behave like a pompous ass at the dinner table. (Tulkinghorn had to endure a translation of the entire menu, before being told he was not allowed to order a cappuccino since it was a French, not Italian, restaurant, […]

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