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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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Chadbournes partners quit

New York’s Chadbourne & Parke has lost two more senior lawyers from its project finance team after clashes over international expansion. Nancy Persechino, former managing partner of the firm’s London office, and New York-based special counsel Robert Bohme have joined the Washington DC office of Texan firm Baker & Botts. They follow the departure of […]

New Ilex president

The Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) has chosen its youngest ever president. Paul Reed, 36, is a conveyancing specialist who works for London firm Evill & Coleman.

Yahoo! post for Cliff

Lindsay Cliff, a former Simkins Partnership solicitor, has returned from an in-house job in Australia to be European legal director for Internet company Yahoo! For the past four years she has been an in-house lawyer at Bertelsmann’s Australian subsidiary BMG Australia.

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Strategies for a euro future

With the imminent adoption of the single European currency, ensuring your systems are euro compliant is a wise investment, says Kiran Sandford. Kiran Sandford is a partner in the IT/telecoms group at Taylor Joynson Garrett. Although most organisations now have their Year 2000 compliance programmes well under way, many are not yet prepared for the […]

Questions to ask when seeking to forge an alliance

Does the alliance satisfy the strategic goals (assuming we have any) of our firm? Would our clients be interested eventually in using the expertise of our alliance partners? (Remember that alliance partners will make their own decisions). Are we willing to invest in developing and using a meaningful common brand name? Are we willing to […]

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