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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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Eversheds gets go-ahead for Qatar Financial Centre opening

Eversheds has become the first international law firm to be granted a licence to practise in Qatar’s new financial centre. The firm joins a small but increasing number of global organisations, including Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered, to be given the authorisation to operate in Qatar. Partner Chris Jobson will lead the new venture. […]

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Clifford Chance has appointed David Byrne as its global head of business development for finance and capital markets. Byrne joins from Linklaters, where he was head of marketing and business development for the finance division. DLA Piper has hired energy and transportation assistant Robert Gruendel in New York from US firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & […]

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Amid the money, suits and skyscrapers of the London legal world, it’s heartening to meet a man still in touch with his humble roots. And Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is that man. When it comes to a working lunch, there will be no dim sum, sushi or blackened miso cod […]

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