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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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With the removal of barristers’ immunity from negligence actions, a raft of claims was predicted. But as John Bennett reports, this has not transpired When the House of Lords in Arthur JS Hall v Simons (2000) abolished a barrister’s automatic immunity from law suits for negligent work carried out in court, there were fears that the […]

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With Cherie Booth QC spending most of her working days at Number 10, she has little time to visit her old eating haunts in Gray’s Inn. One of her favourites used to be an Italian restaurant called Charlicks in Gray’s Inn Road. It still attracts the great and the good of the bar – Cherie […]

Government clears Freshfields of conflict on BBC Worldwide

As the BBC’s vice chairman Anthony Salz considers the fate of the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide, it has emerged that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, of which Salz is co-senior partner, has recently been instructed by BBC Worldwide in Germany. BBC Worldwide is expected to sell off or break up its worldwide division in one of […]

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We’ve put our heads together and have come up with the reason why Pinsents wants to merge with Masons (see www.thelawyer.com/item/111984) It’s Masons’ legendary biscuits. It certainly can’t be for strategic reasons. Pinsents partners have been quite open about the fact that they need a bigger London base. Hence last year’s merger talks with Nicholson […]

European general counsel quits Disney after ten years

Walt Disney’s European general counsel Rosemary Bloom has quit after 10 years with the media giant. Bloom, who has been in the post for four years, is leaving the company to take a career break and is moving to France. She is responsible for a team of 27 lawyers and is also responsible for managing […]

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