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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.

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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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Lovells’ Dubai head, banking and project finance partner Shibeer Ahmed, is to leave the top 10 firm at the end of April after more than nine years. In response, the firm is parachuting in London-based corporate partner Nick Parden, who will co-head the Dubai office alongside the firm’s global head of Islamic finance Rahail Ali. […]

Howard Kennedy boosts litigation team

Howard Kennedy has recruited Mayer Brown’s ­London head of property litigation. Michele Freyne joins as a partner and will be in charge of Howard Kennedy’s four-partner property ­litigation practice. She was a partner at Mayer Brown since 1984 and ran the litigation department between 1990 and 1993. Howard Kennedy head of litigation Craig Emden said: […]

Osborne Clarke outsources 75 support staff

Osborne Clarke has agreed a £50m that will see it transfer 75 support staff to outsourcing company Integreon. Former Osborne Clarke chief operating officer Chris Bull will join the US-headquartered legal process outsourcing (LPO) company in the role of European chief operating officer as part of the seven-year deal. Managing partner Simon Beswick said the […]

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