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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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Wills and succession specialist from Collas Crill sworn in as Jersey solicitor

Collas Crill’s wills and succession specialist Julie Harrigan has been sworn in as a Jersey solicitor. She becomes the firm’s only female Jersey solicitor and, as well as being promoted to associate at the firm, has been invited to be the local Adjunct for the Testate and Intestate Succession paper at the Institute of Law. […]

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The Lawyer will shortly be unveiling its top 20 cases to look out for in 2015. How many of them will be professional negligence claims? Many of 2014’s biggest claims settled, but not all; current cases involving Mishcon and Bird & Bird are still active. Nabarro, Weil professional negligence claims among raft of top 20 […]

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Pinsent Masons has won a new appointment as sole legal adviser to trade union Unite’s £800m pension scheme for staff and officers. Unite Pension Scheme is run by a board of 14 trustees, which appointed Pinsent Masons following a competitive process. Unite is the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland. The union’s final […]

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Brown Rudnick seals collaboration deal with two UAE firms

Brown Rudnick has announced a new collaboration with UAE firms Hikmat Fayad & Associates and Walid Nasser & Associates. The firm plans to use the collaboration with both firms to work on transactions and disputes on the ground, with the relationships managed by MENA practice head Nicholas Tse and Paris office head Sébastien Bonnard. Brown […]

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