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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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Fladgates founds City German practice

Fladgate Fielder has launched a German private equity practice with the hire of Allen & Overy senior associate Alex Kaufmann. Kaufmann joins the firm’s London-based German group as a partner-elect. Head of the Germanic practice Andrew Kaufmann said: “He’s not related. He’s been brought in to develop the German practice with us, bringing great City […]

Macfarlanes poaches Hammonds pensions star

Macfarlanes has poached Hammonds’ respected international benefits head Jane Marshall to boost its employment, pensions and benefits group. Marshall becomes the second equity partner to leave Hammonds’ London office since the end of the firm’s 14-month lock-in on 30 June. She joins Macfarlanes in September. Marshall has been a partner at Hammonds since 1994. Until […]

Work processors

Outsourcing nowadays is much more than just IT and this is reflected by law firms’ increased focus on providing advice on business process outsourcing. By Alistair Maughan The booming market for business process outsourcing (BPO) is proving to be great news for the global services industry and lawyers alike. Just as the market for IT […]

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