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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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DLA Piper wins appeal case about household waste collection

DLA Piper has won, together with the Municipality of Leeuwarden represented by law firm Nysingh, a protracted and complex dispute in two instances about the procurement of household waste collection. The District Court and the Court of Appeal both found that Fryslân Miljeu Noord-West, as a branch of 10 municipalities in Friesland, is an institution […]

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Bank wages war

Could the small matter of pay be behind the delay in filling the GC role at TSB? Knock knock. Who’s there? Not a general counsel at TSB, that’s for sure. The bank split from parent group Lloyds last Monday in what was one of Britain’s biggest banking shake-ups, but behind the curtain the general counsel […]

The Lehman legacy

Five years ago Lehman Brothers collapsed, causing a spiral of panic that created a worldwide slump. For the financial and legal world it’s been a long climb back – but have any lessons been learnt?  Lehman Brothers: the billion-pound insolvency Linklaters puts 20 partners on Lehman job After Lehman: the winners, the losers, the opportunities […]

BTI Consulting Group recognises DLA Piper as ‘stand-out’ litigation firm

DLA Piper has been recognised by the BTI Consulting Group in its newly published 2014 Litigation Outlook: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms. DLA Piper was recognised as a ‘stand-out’ in the areas of class actions and torts, intellectual property litigation, securities and finance litigation and complex commercial litigation. It was also included in BTI’s list […]

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Yelp.com sues San Diego firm for writing own reviews

San Diego firm the McMillan Group is being sued by online directory company Yelp.com for allegedly fabricating positive reviews to boost its reputation. Yelp is suing the firm for alleged breach of contract, intentional interference with contractual relations and two counts relating to California’s false advertising statutes after claiming the firm’s employees were responsible for […]

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