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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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Rakisons joins Denton Hall for telecoms sale

Denton Hall is acting for Energis on its £352m acquisition of Netherlands-based EnerTel in a move to create one of the largest telecoms groups in Europe. Niche City firm Rakisons is also working on the sale, advising its long-term US client WorldPort Communications on the deal. The US group is the holding company for Dutch […]

Solicitors may be sued again

Leave has been given for an appeal and cross appeal in respect of decisions in a case in which company director William Johnson sued solicitors Gore Wood & Co. Johnson’s company had already sued Gore Wood accusing the firm of negligence. That claim had been settled. Johnson sought to mount a further claim personally, alleging […]

Berrymans Lace Mawer suffers blow as equity partner leaves

BERRYMANS Lace Mawer has lost its head of construction, equity partner Diana Holtham. Holtham resigned last month after 20 years at Berrymans, which ranks in the top 20 London construction firms. She formally leaves on 1 April. She is quitting the firm for personal reasons. Berrymans’ national senior partner Paul Taylor will take over Holtham’s […]

Pinsent Curtis taken on as sole employment adviser to M&S

Pinsent Curtis is understood to have won an exclusive place on troubled retail giant Marks & Spencer’s panel to provide employment advice. The panel place is a coup for Pinsents, which has been developing its employment group under the leadership of national practice head John McMullen. Other clients of the firm include Argos and the […]

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