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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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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Kingsley Napley acted for e-business and IT company IMRglobal on its acquisition of Intuitive Group for $18m (£11.25m). Commercial partner David Moss led the two-lawyer team acting for IMRglobal, while Tarlo Lyons partner Lawrence Phillips acted for the Intuitive Group and all but two of the shareholders, who were represented by Payne Hicks Beach.

Australian bank cuts legal panel

Westpac Banking is slashing its legal panel to two firms, cutting leading practice Clayton Utz out of the fray. Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Allens Arthur Robinson have been retained on the panel, while the Australia-based bank will use top 10 firms and previous advisers Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Minter Ellison as principal corporate advisers and […]

Boom on the horizon

Fred Bartlit is founding partner of US firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. THE BOOMING US economy is being driven largely by dramatic improvements of more than 5 per cent in productivity. The reason for these gains is technology. And the efficiency and productivity gains that computer technology has brought to the general economy […]

MoD agency puts faith in three firms

Eversheds, Bond Pearce, Michelmores and Richard Paddock & Partners have secured places on the Defence Estates Agency’s first ever panel. The firms beat off competition from 16 other firms who tendered for the work. The agency, which manages the property portfolio for the Ministry of Defence, was set up after the Government’s property lawyers was […]

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