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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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Debenhams legal chief joins food brand giant

Debenhams is losing its head of legal to Associated British Foods. High street retail company Debenhams’ general counsel and company secretary David Wilson is set to join food producer and processor Associated British Foods in December. Wilson will join the FTSE 100-listed company as its director of legal services and company secretary. He will report […]

Freshfields prompts Euro court change

A case brought by Freshfields challenging a European Commission ruling is prompting procedural changes to how the European courts handle commercial cases. The firm’s client, RJB Mining, challenged the way the Commission awards mining subsidies. Since the case was heard in the Court of the First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg, a white […]

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Simon Twigden, the head of Addleshaw Booth & Co’s London office, has big plans for the firm. Abigail Townsend talks to the man who has his work cut out for him. Simon Twigden clearly remembers the moment Addleshaw Booth & Co approached him with a view to joining its then recently formed London office. “I […]

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