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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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Careers: People

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has appointed three corporate finance associates from Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester. Paul Rimmer, Nick Roome and Peter Hindle rejoin partner Darryl Cooke, who joined DLA Piper from Addleshaws last August. Welsh firm Hugh James has strengthened its commercial property team with the hire of a new partner, Penny Cranston, from […]

Stephenson Harwood raids McGrigors

Stephenson Harwood is reinforcing its financial services capability with the hire of a corporate partner from McGrigors. John Buyers joins Stephenson Harwood in the firm’s commercial, outsourcing and technology group. His experience includes acting for a major European bank on what was at the time Poland’s largest IT deal, the merger of two Polish banks. […]

Osborne Clarke partners rejoice after war on costs wipes out £9m debt

Osborne Clarke has wiped out almost £9m in debt after two years of tight financial management. The Bristol-based firm was £8.8m in debt at the end of the 2002-03 financial year following a period of aggressive expansion and heavy investment in staff. However, a cost-cutting and financial management initiative headed by managing partner Simon Beswick […]

Child minders

The NSPCC’s power to take action puts it at the forefront of child protection. This is not something that the charity’s lawyers take lightly. Joanne Harris reports Among the hundreds of children’s charities operating in the UK today, the NSPCC holds a unique position. As the only children’s charity with statutory powers that enable it to […]

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