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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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Bingham makes the grade

The new Lord Chief Justice, Sir Thomas Bingham, is tipped to be as outspoken a defender of judicial independence as his predecessor. Bingham, former Master of the Rolls, is to become Lord Chief Justice next month. Lord Woolf, currently a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, will take over as Master of the Rolls. Bingham, 62, […]

Council deaf to busker's plea

By any standards, the issue of a warrant entitling Westminster City Council to seize equipment used by a busker is unusual. But the warrant issued by Bow Street Magistrates Court gave the council the right to enter London’s Leicester Square and seize the equipment of busker Bruno McDonald. And as solicitor Richard Barca, representing McDonald, […]

Mary Heaney looks at the technology boom south of the border

In the past decade, the electronics sector has seen a dramatic expansion with the Republic of Ireland now taking 23 per cent of all new greenfield electronics investment in Europe. Four of the top 10 PC hardware companies now operate in Ireland and the recent announcement by US computer company Gateway 2000 that it is […]

New senior partner at Fishburn Boxer

PROFESSIONALS are increasingly being made scapegoats when things go wrong, according to Andrew Davis, new senior partner at insurance law firm Fishburn Boxer. Davis, whose appointment will take effect from the beginning of next month, sees his role as “consolidating and building upon the existing success of the firm”. He replaces existing senior partner Richard […]

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Eversheds advised Stanley Leisure which recently renegotiated a £45 million five-year credit facility arranged by Hambros Bank.

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