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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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Lawrence Graham drops PI practice

Lawrence Graham is turning its back on two partners and around £1m worth of fees in the closure of its defendant personal injury practice. Partners Elizabeth Carr and Stephen Phillips will take their biggest client Norwich Union and move to Morgan Cole‘s Croydon office. They will take a team of four assistants and two secretaries […]

Lewis Silkin merges with niche practice

Lewis Silkin has acquired the niche publishing practice of Geoffrey Davies, who joins the firm with partner Simon Entwistle. Davies set up the firm in 1991 after leaving Titmuss Sainer & Webb, where he was a partner for 14 years. The practice focuses on corporate and commercial work for publishing and design companies, and clients […]

2 Harcourt Buildings sets up mediation joint venture

Commercial law chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings is launching a contracted mediation scheme on 3 October, aimed at cutting the cost of resolving disputes within the construction industry. It is a joint venture involving a company called ResoLex, set up by the chambers of Roger Henderson QC and project management consultancy Symonds. Leading insurance company Aon, […]

Land Securities appoint non-executive Director

Giles, (58), has been a partner in Slaughter and May since 1975 and became Senior Partner in 1993. he was a member of the Hampel Committee on Corporate Governance and is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council. He is also the Chairman of the Law Committee of the UK/China Forum. Commenting on the […]

LAWRENCE GRAHAM

Lawrence Graham actively targets smaller-cap firms. This policy is borne out of the belief that an equivalent size lends weight to client relationships. Hugh Maule, Nicholas Heather, Jeffrey Elway and Charles Wilkinson all advise on AIM initial public offerings (IPOs). For Maule, the real advantage to AIM work is the opportunity to develop ongoing relationships […]

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