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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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The email is a mixed blessing for the lawyer involved in litigation and regulatory investigations. The volume and informality of it is appealing to anyone attempting to find the ‘smoking gun’, but a regulated business may wish it had never been invented when a regulator can use enforcement powers to search quantities of emails covering […]

Breaking news: Cleary Gottlieb partner to join SEC

Alan Beller, partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, has been named Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition he will fill the newly created role of Senior Counsellor to the Commission.Beller has been with the firm since 1976, becoming partner in 1984 and is […]

Conyers Dill launches Singapore office

Conyers Dill & Pearman has become the first Bermuda-based law firm to open an office in Singapore. It will be headed by corporate finance specialist Tan Woon Tiang who has moved from Tan Kok Quan, where he was senior partner.The office will advise clients on work related to Bermuda and British Virgin Island laws.Conyers Dill […]

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