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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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Simmons merges with Nolst Trenité

Simmons & Simmons and Rotterdam-based Nolst Trenité formally merged on 1 May The merger with the Dutch firm makes it the largest UK-based firm in mainland Europe with 200 partners and nearly 1,000 fee-earners. The combined firm will focus on target industries including energy and utilities, transport, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and technology, media and telecoms.

SJ Berwin shakes up management structure

UK and European growth prompts wholesale overhaul of corporate governance SJ Berwin has overhauled its corporate governance structure to reflect the firm’s rapid UK and European growth.The firm has created a new managing partner role, marking a shift in its longstanding culture of minimal central management.EU and competition partner Ralph Cohen has taken up the […]

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Ellen Temperton reports on the Employment Tribunals Service Annual Report 2000-2001

Garretts set to dissolve operations at end of May

Andersen Legal’s UK firm Garretts will close for business at the end of this month A spokesperson for Andersen Legal said: “We’re engaged in consultations with our staff as part of our obligations over transfers of undertakings or potential redundancies. The anticipated date [of dissolution] is 31 May, but that’s still subject to final confirmation.”Last […]

Firms reveal strategies for World Cup fanatics

Biggest sickie in history predicted; Charles Russell uses ‘bacon buttie’ strategy; A&O sits on fence Lawyers were joining in World Cup fever in the only way they know how last week, with a flurry of press releases spelling out the employment law implications of too much football-related fun.Bosses would be liable for workers that came […]

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