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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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PwC enlists Hammonds on Adams collapse

The administrators for ailing retail chain Adams Childrenswear have appointed Hammonds as legal counsel. The administrators for ailing retail chain Adams Childrenswear ;have appointed Hammonds as legal counsel. The company was put into administration on 31 December and has already closed 111 of its 271 UK stores, resulting in around 850 job losses. Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) […]

Advisers feeling the heat as blame game gets underway

The legal fallout from the economic crisis will be more severe for professional advisers than ever before, professional indemnity lawyers have warned. It comes as The Lawyer revealed that scores of firms, including Eversheds and Fladgate Fielder, are facing professional negligence suits from disgruntled clients (The Lawyer, 5 January). “In the last recession developments in […]

Links and Slaughters lead on RBS China sell off

Linklaters and Slaughters have been handed roles on RBS’s $2.34bn (£1.6bn) sale of its entire stake in Bank of China, raising $2.34bn (£1.6bn) for the troubled lender. Linklaters and Slaughter and May have been handed roles on Royal Bank of Scotland’s $2.34bn (£1.6bn) sale of its entire stake in Bank of China, raising $2.34bn (£1.6bn) […]

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