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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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Getting bossy with Flossy

Tulkinghorn is launching a campaign of naming and shaming in an effort to eradicate lawyers’ bullyboy tactics, and in the dock this week are the members of Theodore Goddard’s softball team.A new partner at Watson Farley & Williams, Ian Rose, has a narrow boat moored at Regent’s Park and often takes his dog, Flossy (above), […]

Hammonds' profits soar post-merger

Hammond Suddards Edge has announced its first set of post-merger profits. Annual turnover was £123m, up £10m from last year’s estimated figure. The estimated figures are a projection of what the firm’s turnover would have been if Hammond Suddards Edge had existed last year.The estimated figure is smaller than the combined total of the two […]

Studio Legal Sutti completes Bulgarian merger

Studio Legale Sutti (SLS) has signed its first international merger agreement, teaming up with Bulgarian law firm Varadinov & Co. The merger marks a turning point in the Italian firm’s strategy of creating an SLS network in south east Europe, which it announced last year (The Lawyer, 30 October 2000).SLS’s managing partner Stefano Sutti said: […]

Addleshaws completes Nobia deal

In one of its largest deals this year, Addleshaw Booth & Co has acted for Europe’s largest manufacturer of kitchen interiors Nobia on its £123m acquisition of Magnet Group from Enodis. Corporate partner Matthew Flinton led a team of 40 solicitors from the firm’s Leeds and Manchester offices.The work was referred to Addleshaws by top-tier […]

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