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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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Karl Buch joins DLA Piper’s litigation practice in New York

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Osborne Clarke on track for Siemens

On your commute into the office tomorrow morning, spare a thought for the law firms involved in getting your train off the starting blocks.  A number of firms have been bulking up their rolling stock expertise over the past year or so, with an eye to winning lucrative contracts work. Among the latest to capitalise […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 14 September 2014

Here’s a conundrum: UK companies and organisations have reported a drop in fraud over the last two years, yet the impact of white-collar crime on actual victims is understood to be greater than ever. Those are the findings of PwC’s ‘Global Economic Crime Survey’ for this year, whose researchers also discovered an interesting phenomenon occurring […]

RBS faces second shareholder battle as Clydes drafted in

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is already facing a fair share of litigation brought by shareholders , with a £4bn battle brought by investors in a £12bn rights issue looming. Now a separate group of shareholders are threatening litigation over its restructuring group, which they allege forced small companies out of business in order to […]

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BLP mulls partner exit options after contested June vote scrapped

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is understood to be consulting on three methods of expediting the partner exit process after an internal protest forced the firm to scrap the results of a June vote. The vote was aimed at lowering the threshold of equity partners needed to sign off on a partner exit from 75 per […]

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