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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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Lovells’ new Dubai head heralds rejig

Lovells’ decision to ­parachute London-based corporate partner Nick ­Parden into Dubai as joint office head is part of a ­strategic refocus of the firm’s Middle East presence. As revealed by TheLawyer.com last week (5 ­February), current Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed has resigned and will leave Lovells at the end of April. The firm has no […]

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Nabarro man to lead Rosenblatts real estate

Rosenblatt Solicitors has hired Nabarro partner Andrew Kinsey to head up its real estate division. Kinsey, ;who ;joined Nabarro as a partner from Linklaters in 2002, will lead a team of two partners, one assistant and two associates. Rosenblatts ;senior ­partner Ian Rosenblatt said: “We’re using the current economic environment to hire people of exceptional […]

Barclay bros return to Weil for Woolies purchase

Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate partner Marco Compagnoni has reprised his role for Daily Telegraph owners Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, advising the brothers on their acquisition of the Woolworths brand. The Barclay brothers’ online company Shop Direct Group, which formerly ­traded as Littlewoods Home Shopping, has bought the Woolworths brand as well as […]

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