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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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Shoosmiths appoints Chris Longbottom as head of family law in Manchester

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Eversheds partner comments on chancellor’s potential business rates measures

David McGuirk, partner and rates expert at Eversheds, has commented on potential measures on business rates to be announced in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, stating that a well-conceived change to UK business rates structure would ease retailer burden. He said: ‘The business rates system has come under serious scrutiny and criticism in recent years. The hike in rates […]

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Kingsley Napley hires Mishcon partner Harris to launch media and reputation group

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Linklaters’ Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity? Managing partner Simon Davies says it is the magic circle suffering the branding crisis, not Linklaters. “There is a point about longevity […]

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