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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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Weiss joined the US firms only two years ago from construction specialist Masons, where he co-founded the project and asset finance group. He brings with him Dominic Spacie, who joins as a partner, and Francis Sergejew. But it is understood Steven Janes, who quit for Mayer Brown & Platt alongside fellow co-founder Weiss, is not […]

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Chicago giant Mayer Brown & Platt is opening an office in Silicon Valley in May, but is shunning the capital markets strategy adopted by others moving in. Instead of targeting flotation work, which has been popular with most non-Californian firms moving in, Mayer Brown plans to increase its general practice for existing corporate clients based […]

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Two recent arbitrations have sparked discussion in public international law circles: Metalclad v Mexico and SD Myers Inc v Canada both addressed the definition of expropriation in public international law under the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), although in Myers, the tribunal concluded there was no expropriation. Under international law, expropriation is the taking […]

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But today, labour issues are no longer just an afterthought and are much more centre stage – witness Rover, where the threatened £40m Tupe (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981) action for non-consultation with the workforce scuppered the Alchemy bid. Add to this the effects of globalisation, with an increasing number of organisations […]

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