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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 new Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure of Information in Criminal Proceedings are an attempt, says the document, to strike “a fair balance between the respective needs of the participants in the investigation and trial process”. The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 introduced a new scheme for the disclosure of information by the prosecution, […]

Marketing the Target

Nothing is simple, is it? Just as lawyers finally think they are getting the hang of this marketing lark, along comes someone with an even better idea on how to woo new clients. The big marketing departments – such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with its 60 staff – have become accustomed to the luxury of […]

Graf von Westphalen splits after Osborne Clarke link-up

The Frankfurt office of Graf von Westphalen Fritze & Modest, Osborne Clarke OWA’s German ally, is splitting from the rest of the firm. The firm’s 15-partner Frankfurt office, formerly known as Fritze Weigel Bornemann Arnold Kelm, will leave the firm by the end of 2001 although it is not known where the lawyers are going. […]

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