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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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Clarke Willmott bolsters real estate practice

Bristol-based Clarke Willmott has raided city rivals for two real estate partners. Greg Lovett, a real estate partner at the local office of Bevan Brittan, and Oliver Smedley, a real estate associate from Burges Salmon, both join Clarke Willmott as partners. Clarke Willmott managing partner David Sedgwick said: “Real estate is a core focus for […]

Return to slender

Even if you have a short holiday, the office can change quickly and be quite a different place by the time you come back. Freshfields IP head Avril Martindale may have that feeling when she gets back from her sabbatical in September. She will return to an IP department with at least two fewer partners […]

City rivals face off as AKZO targets ici

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May must be sick of the sight of each other. The firms are squaring up on a bid for ICI, with Slaughters advising Dutch giant Akzo Nobel on its £7.2bn approach and Freshfields getting the nod from ICI. The firm advised the chemicals company on the £1.2bn disposal of […]

Halliwells kicks off fraud unit as Keoghs raid lands dedicated team

North West firm Halliwells has scooped a team of fraud specialists from rival firm Keoghs. The team, which is headed by partner Damian Ward, has moved to form Halliwells’ new bespoke fraud unit, which will investigate fraud claims and train claims managers to improve how they detect and investigate fraud claims. Halliwells managing partner Ian […]

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