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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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Shearman scores dual hire for West Coast push

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The panel system as a defence tactic

Our front page story this week highlights an issue which goes to the heart of the debate on conflicts: client choice, or in this case, the lack of it. As our research shows, corporates or financial institutions which want to take on the UK’s major banks have precious little choice of legal advisers available to […]

Lester Aldridge breaks into London with takeover

Lester Aldridge will gain its first foothold in London after absorbing 200-year old property, commercial services and private client boutique Park Nelson. It is expected that seven of Park Nelson’s 11 partners will join Lester Aldridge, including three commercial property specialists, one private client and three commercial services partners. Several lawyers will relocate to Lester […]

Careers: in brief

Peter Godber, the driving force behind the LGG training unit for lawyers in local government, is to leave the organisation he set up 20 years ago. Godber, who launched LGG in 1984,will develop his own management and skills training consultancy, offering courses on in-house management and leadership skills. LGG represents around 3,200 lawyers working in […]

A&O primed to claim top spot for banks on securitisations in Greece

The magic circle firm is poised to reap the benefits of the burgeoning Greek market in the wake of the Olympics With investment banks scouring Greece for securitisations in the wake of the Olympics, Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to benefit. A&O has acted for lead arrangers in both the EFG and Byzantium Finance […]

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