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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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Tribunal slams Equitable Life trio

The Equitable Life saga continued last week (2 March) with a stunning disciplinary sentence for three former executives. A former director for the insurance group was expelled from The Institute of Actuaries while two other senior figures were reprimanded after a tribunal found them in breach of its rules. Former director Alan Nash and chief […]

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Tulkinghorn has long suspected as much, but evidence recently reached him that there is something of the mafiosa about Allen & Overy (A&O). It was a fateful day late last month (22 February) when the global godfather of A&O’s communications team David Crundwell gathered all his trusted lieutenants together in one room for a cosy […]

Martineau to become carbon-unfriendly

Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson is being ‘carbon assessed’. For those unfamiliar with this trendy piece of enviro-speak, what it refers to is a calculation concerning the amount of global warming-causing C02 emissions one’s organisation, home or business is responsible for. The process involves a detailed assessment of everything from the energy bill to recycling to whether […]

Five-partner exodus sees Bristows halt promotions

Bristows’ partnership has been put on hold as the firm assesses the damage from the shock departures of five life sciences partners. The firm is postponing this year’s round of partnership promotions while it comes to terms with the loss of one-fifth of its partnership. Co-managing partner Pat Treacy said: “We’ll hold off promotion talks […]

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