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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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Conyers provides Bermuda law advice to Aircastle on $400m offering

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda law advice to Aircastle on the offering of $400m (£240m) aggregate principal amount of its 4.625 per cent senior notes due 2018, which completed on 5 December 2013. Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman, Sachs & Co, JP Morgan Securities and RBC Capital Markets acted as joint book-running managers for the […]

Allen & Overy’s Madrid office hosts Spanish Arbitration Club event

On 13 December 2013, Allen & Overy’s Madrid office will host a meeting of the under-40s group of the Spanish Arbitration Club. Elena Gutierrez, leading counsel of the Madrid Court of Arbitration, will speak on best practices in international arbitration and what not to do. The event has been organised by senior associate Jose Luis Terron and associate Victor Bonnin from Allen & Overy’s global […]

Introduction of new-build empty property relief on 1 October 2013

The relief is available at the discretion of the relevant local authority under the powers granted to it at section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. The qualifying criteria are as follows: the property must be an unoccupied, non-domestic property comprised wholly or mainly of qualifying new structures; and the construction of the […]

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