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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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DJ Freeman aims for continued growth with Choice hire

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Garretts quartet takes BA to TJG

Taylor Joynson Garrett has picked up British Airways (BA), the biggest client of former Andersen Legal firm Garretts, after hiring four partners from the now defunct firm.BA relationship partner Andrew Smith, who joined TJG from Garretts at the end of May, has had confirmation that BA will move with him.The four-strong Garretts team has also […]

St Philips, Fountain Court set to merge

Birmingham sets St Philips Chambers and No 1 Fountain Court last week voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger, which will form the largest set of chambers in the country. The successful vote also confirms St Philips’ commitment to a multidisciplinary civil and criminal practice and a future of professional management under a chief executive […]

Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin advise on Musgrave’s supermarket sweep

Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin advised on Musgrave Investment’s takeover of UK retail supermarket chain Budgens.A Herbert Smith team led by Gavin Davies and Gareth Roberts advised longstanding client Budgens on a takeover offer by privately owned Irish supermarket company Musgrave. The offer, which is worth around £231.6m, has been recommended by the UK firm’s […]

Earning a crust

Pizza Express company secretary Patrick Hartrey is presiding over the largest expansion that the restaurant chain has ever undertaken. Emma Vere-Jones touches base Patrick Hartrey, company secretary at Pizza Express, is looking rather flustered when he arrives at the Aldwych branch. Day trips to London from the head office in Uxbridge are apparently a whirlwind […]

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