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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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BNP Paribas boss goes private

The former head of legal at BNP Paribas in Switzerland has left the investment bank for a second time to return to private practice, after moving to Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry. Gilles Thieffry (left), a former member of the executive board in the Swiss office of BNP Paribas, joined Pestalozzi’s Geneva office on 1 June as […]

Appealing court

After hours of hearing skeleton argument and days of judicial deliberation, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has at last ruled that courts no longer have to phone litigants to ask whether they will be able to attend on time for the hearing. This is great news and shows the far-sighted thinking of the EAT. After […]

Clementi warned that independence is critical

The legal profession last week welcomed Sir David Clementi’s ‘Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services’, but warned against compromising lawyers’ independence. Clementi asked for opinions on three regulatory models, as well as complaints handling and alternative business structures. The consultation period ended last Friday (4 June). None of the professional bodies support the Financial […]

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