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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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Germany’s CMS Hasche Sigle has bolstered its Russian operation by taking the entire Moscow team of Haarmann Hemmelrath. The move was agreed between Hasche Sigle and the liquidators of Haarmann Hemmelrath on Monday. Around 28 lawyers will join forces with Hasche Sigle making it the largest Russian office of any German law firm. Gerd Lenga, […]

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Osborne Clarke has poached Clifford Chance lawyer Georg Meyer-Spasche to be a partner in its IP/IT practice in Germany. Meyer-Spasche was previously of counsel at Clifford Chance, specialising in the telecommunications, media and technology sector.

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Blake Lapthorn lands ASB pension chief

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has snared the head of pensions from rival ASB Law for its own practice. John Hamilton joins the firm as a partner and brings with him solicitor Rupert Graham-Evans. Maria Riccio, head of pensions at Blake Lapthorn Linnell, says: “John and Rupert’s appointments are key to developing the pension team’s well-known service […]

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