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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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Norton Rose boosts its asset finance with three partners

Norton Rose is adding three partners, including poaching Wilde Sapte partner Giles Brand, and three assistants to its asset finance practice in London. The firm says asset finance is a major boom area which, over the past 12 months, has increased fee incomes by up to 20 per cent. Brand, who announced he is quitting […]

City snubs scheme for women

Cherie Booth QC’s Opportunity Now charter for women is being snubbed by City law firms. While most of Britain’s major companies have signed up to the Opportunity Now charter, including the five big accountancy firms, not one City law firm has done so. Opportunity Now has approached several major law firms. They all refused to […]

Landowners' liability for licensees

Landowners who turn a blind eye to the unauthorised occupation of their land could find themselves facing damages claims from the owners of neighbouring land in the light of a new appeal court ruling. The case of Lippiatt & anor v South Gloucestershire Council is one which throws important new light on the rights of […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper has hired three associates as it seeks to rebuild its Manchester office. The lateral hires follow February’s mass bloodletting, which saw the entire Manchester corporate department axed. DAC has now added five fee-earners in two months, taking its numbers from 13 to 18. Caroline Lindsay joins the personal injury department’s motor team […]

Slaughters, Herbert Smith and Simmons eye Tokyo

Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons are all understood to be looking at establishing a presence in Japan. UK and US lawyers based in Tokyo say the market is booming, creating a great deal of interest from other international firms. According to sources, the three City firms are planning to open up […]

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