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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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Brit Insurance completes first legal panel

Brit Insurance, the UK insurance subsidiary of Brit Insurance Holdings, has created its first formal legal panel. Many of Brit’s previous advisers have lost out in the review, which has formalised a smaller number of law firm relationships. The full review of service providers kicked off in April and formed part of Brit’s strategic development […]

Eversheds lateral gifts Heatons with Yorkshire Bank win

Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has won Yorkshire Bank as a new client. The win follows the appointment of Eversheds’ Manchester and Leeds property finance head Nick Trowell. Commenting on his move, Trowell said: “I decided to move to a smaller firm in order to get away from the politics of a large firm and to make […]

Young ousts Walker from Lovells senior partner post

Lovells is set to usher in a new era of management after partners elected “wild-card” candidate John Young to replace long-time senior partner Andrew Walker. Young, Lovells’ head of corporate insurance, emerged as the surprise winner on Saturday (15 November) after beating Walker and joint head of corporate Hugh Nineham. Litigator Walker has held the […]

Clifford Chance finance director in shock departure

Clifford Chance is losing its finance director to headhunting group Whitehead Mann. The surprise departure of Christopher Merry was announced in Whitehead Mann’s interim results yesterday. Merry has worked at Clifford Chance for four-and-a-half years. Among other things, he was responsible for leading the firm’s ground breaking $150m private placement earlier this year. As yet, […]

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