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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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Ecija & Associados hires internet bank in-houser

Spanish niche technology and corporate firm Ecija & Associados has taken on internet bank Bankinter’s head of legal as a partner. Javier Espadas joins the firm as head of corporate, litigation and arbitration. Prior to working at Bankinter, Espadas was head of litigation at Garrigues’ Canaries practice.

Bill of health

The court’s U-turn in Halloran has left happy insurers and infuriated PI lawyers at loggerheads. Norwich Union puts the case for the insurers to Jon Robins Clayden is of the view that PI lawyers make way too much money, and as the man with the responsibility for signing off (or not) many of their claims, […]

Mayer Brown improves government relations

Hire of former president of US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform bolsters government relations practice Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw has bolstered its Government Relations Practice with the appointment of the president of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).Before joining the US Chamber, Wootton held positions in both the […]

Cooley-Pennie merger talks called off after money row

Merger talks between New York’s Pennie & Edmonds and the West Coast’s Cooley Godward have collapsed after the two firms came to blows over accounting differences Talks between the two firms were already beginning to unravel two weeks ago because of integration issues after a group of heavyweight partners at Pennie’s New York office spoke […]

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Of solicitors who transfer from private practice, nine out of 10 strongly prefer working for local government. This is according to a survey conducted by the Local Government Group (LGG) of the Law Society, which questioned more than 150 solicitors who had transferred from private practice into local government Why should this be? Those surveyed […]

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