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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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Tarlo Lyons hopes to build relationship as partner departs to Deutsche Bank

Tarlo Lyons IT partner Laetitia Muir has quit after just one year with the firm to join client Deutsche Bank. The move comes at a crucial time for Tarlo Lyons, which will hope to benefit from Muir’s defection at a time when the bank’s IT advisers are in flux, following the departure of key adviser […]

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DLA (Mark Jackson, Steven Fennell, David Breakell) advised PricewaterhouseCoopers, Barclays Bank and GMAC Commercial Credit on the sale of Daisytek-ISA to ISA Trading for in excess of £30m. Dechert acted for ISA Trading. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (Robert Sullivan, Cliff Gross, Carole Aciman, Soorun Youn) represented the Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group in […]

A&O faces yet another storm over conflicts

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become embroiled in yet another potential conflict of interest. This time the firm is advising advertising giant WPP, a favourite to buy its troubled rival Cordiant Group and Cordiant’s lending banks, which have the final say over who the company sells to. If WPP tables a bid and Cordiant lets […]

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If Tony Blair had wanted to appease the left of the Labour Party, then abolishing the role of Lord Chancellor was a darn effective way of doing it. There’s been a broad welcome from liberals to the proposal of disentangling the legislative and judicial functions and to the establishment of a new department for constitutional […]

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