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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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Phil Shiner on a ground-breaking pollution judgment

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In brief: Three judges chosen to head circuits

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, has appointed Mr Justice Moses to be presiding judge of the South Eastern Circuit, Mr Justice Astill as presiding judge of the Midland and Oxford Circuit and Mr Justice Bennett as presiding judge of the North Eastern Circuit.

Litigation Writs 30/6/98

Julie Holgate of Staines, Middlesex, has issued a High Court writ accusing doctors DM Bridger, M Salahuddin, Lillian Johnston and Swinglehurst, all of Staines, of negligence between 1983 and March 1995. Writ does not specify the incident giving rise to the claim. Writ issued by Owen White and Catlin, Middlesex. Two women are set for […]

In brief: Wilde Sapte finance partner to join LeBoeuf

Wilde Sapte finance partner Bob Dibble is understood to be joining the London office of LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. It is believed he was earlier talking to White & Case. LeBoeufs has also hired Cameron McKenna’s head of tax Anthony Concanon, who retired from Camerons at 55 and, at his request, will be “of […]

Constant expansion

The Paris office of shipping firm Constant & Constant has two avocats, Marianne Piris, of Credit Lyonnais subsidiary UBAF bank and Jacques Le Valliant. London shipping and commercial specialist Edward Olive has also joined the office.

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