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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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Ah! The sweet smell of law firm politics. Enjoy the heady bouquet currently wafting from the London offices of White & Case. All firms have their fair share of inter-group tension, but White & Case is fast becoming more defined by who is in which camp than the work its partners are doing. Blair and […]

Lovells on cloud nine as Galileo PPP lands in its lap

With big projects deals thin on the ground, Joanne O’Connor reports on a surprise blow for Linklaters The champagne corks may have been popping at Atlantic House last month, but the news that Lovells has won the most coveted PPP mandate in the marketplace must have caused more than a little pique at Linklaters. Even […]

Trowers goes South for private client head

Trowers & Hamlins has targeted South East firm Kidd Rapinet’s private client department to acquire the head of the practice. David Semmens joins Trowers as a partner in the firm’s developing private client department, under the direction of head of the group Luke Valner. His appointment brings the private client team to 11 lawyers. Although […]

The work-life quiz

Patrick Gaul, managing partner, Weightmans What was your first ever job?Selling lottery tickets for Everton FC. What was your worst experience as a trainee? The first time – of many – that I was mauled by one of the Masters in the Royal Courts of Justice, probably over some trivial procedural misdemeanour. Where’s the best […]

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