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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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Two Allen & Overy (A&O) partners are facing an SRA investigation over what their barrister called an “extraordinarily ill advised” meeting during a high-profile bribery trial against businessman Victor Dahdaleh. Partners David Esseks and Peter Watson were representing Dahdaleh in his defence against the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which alleged he funnelled billions of dollars […]

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Cambridgeshire legal team latest authority to eye ABS spin-off

The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure. The team, which merged its legal function with Northamptonshire County Council’s in 2010 (26 April 2010), has already prepared its ABS application as the council faces a reported £37m in budget cuts.  However […]

Starting gun fired on Freshfields London corporate race

The race is on at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to appoint a new London corporate head following Julian Long’s promotion to London managing partner. But who will fill his empty shoes? Will the role go to partner Julian Makin, a corporate deal maker with strong City and investment bank contacts? Or will strong leader Simon Marchant […]

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Barclays teams up with diversity networks to launch summer scheme

Barclays in-house legal department has teamed up with diversity networks Aspiring Solicitors, The Black Lawyers Directory Foundation and The Sutton Trust to offer 80 legal work placements this summer. The work experience, starting this summer, forms part of one strand of the bank’s citizenship agenda, dedicated to increasing access to the profession. The bank intends […]

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