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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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Spanish legend Rodrigo Uria dies

Rodrigo Uría, president of Uría Menéndez, has died suddenly of a heart attack aged 66. Uría was on holiday in Croatia when he died. His legal career in began in earnest in 1973, when he made partner at his father’s firm. Five years later, he took over the reins of Uría Menéndez, spending almost 30 […]

Thierry Henry turns to Mishcon for divorce

Mishcon de Reya has been appointed to handle the divorce of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry in what could be the biggest divorce payout by a footballer, with Henry’s fortune estimated at £25m. Mishcon partner and head of the family group Sandra Davis will be working on the case with assistant Ruth Abrams. Davis has […]

Brick Court builds up Norris defence

The campaign to stop businessman Ian Norris from being extradited to the US has just stepped up a gear. The bar’s undisputed big-hitter Jonathan Sumption QC of Brick Court Chambers has been seconded to Norris’s legal team as it gets ready to take the tycoon’s plight to the House of Lords. Sumption has joined an […]

Gómez-Acebo in London leap after global review

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has named project finance partner Fermín Garbayo Renouard as head of the firm’s new London office in anticipation of a September launch. The Spanish firm will launch its City office in Mansion House, taking a 200 sq m space. Garbayo will move along with two or three associates. He will concentrate on […]

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