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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 work-life quiz

Julian Yarr, head of London office, A&L Goodbody What was your first ever job? Earning £40 a week as a canoe instructor on the L’Ardeche River in France. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Realising in a client meeting that my four years of studying law at university left me unable to answer […]

ECJ finds UK tax rules incompatible with EC law

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) opinion handed down this morning (7 April) has found that UK tax law is incompatible with European Community law. Advocate General Poiares Maduro gave his opinion in the case of Marks & Spencer v Halsey, finding that the retailer should be allowed to offset losses made in Europe through […]

Weightmans former corporate head finds new home

Weightmans’ former Manchester head of corporate Jonathan Shorrock has found a new home at Bolton firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis (KBL). Shorrock becomes KBL’s eighth partner. He will concentrate on M&A, venture capital, MBOs and MBIs. In January it was announced that Shorrock, along with fellow Weightmans Manchester partners head of corporate recovery Glyn Willmott and […]

RHM in conflict with ex-counsel

RHM Foodbrands, the main operating company of Mr Kipling cakes and Hovis Bread, has become embroiled in a spat with its former interim head of legal. IP specialist Kevin Mutch was RHM’s interim legal head until Thomas Murphy took the helm two months ago. He is claiming that he and one other senior lawyer were […]

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