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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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Lovells checks in for Deloitte to aid on buy-to-let hotel group wind-up

Lovells has been drafted in by liquidator Deloitte to advise on the administration of buy-to-let hotel group GuestInvest. The company, which allowed private individuals or businesses to buy a ­luxury hotel room and earn money from the rental income, went into administration at the start of the month. The Lovells team, which is advising Deloitte […]

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Flexible working is as necessary now as it was in the boom. Law firms can be traditional places – and the tendency in an economic downturn is to undo some of the better business practices that have started to permeate over the past few years. Certainly in terms of flexible working, that would be missing […]

Judicial appointments diversity failure prompts calls for more solicitor input

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has reinforced its call for more women and black minority ethnic (BME) ­people to apply to become judges after five places in the latest competition were allocated to women but no BME person was given a seat. In total 22 people have been made up to the High Court bench, […]

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Trio breaks away from A&O’s Indian alliance firm

Allen & Overy’s Indian referral firm, Trilegal, has lost three of its 10 partners, with the trio leaving to set up an independent firm with a senior banking partner from Indian firm Kochhar & Co. Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) Indian referral firm, Trilegal, has lost three of its 10 partners, with the trio leaving to […]

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