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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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While many welcome much of the Enterprise Act’s initiatives, Nick Brainsby says that rules on providing finance for struggling businesses should have been included Enhancing the rescue culture, saving viable businesses, reducing the number of liquidations – these were all seen as aims underpinning the corporate insolvency provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, due to […]

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Tulkinghorn had a fine old time last year at the Variety Club celebrity chef gastronomic evening at the Dorchester. Not only did he stagger away after several delicious courses and wonderful wine, but he staggered away happy in the knowledge that thousands of pounds had been raised for disadvantaged children – as well as several […]

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Expenses for insolvency practitioners relating to the liquidation of a business have been identified and given the attention they deserve. But is it all good news? asks Alison Klarfeld The issue of liquidation expenses has been in the spotlight for some time now and there have been two new developments in this area worthy of […]

A&O reaps £31m from Marconi restructuring

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to bill more than twice the combined amount notched up by Clifford Chance and Bingham McCutchen as the restructuring of Marconi nears its conclusion. A&O, Marconi’s long-time legal adviser, is already expected to be paid £25m for its work on reorganising the embattled telecoms company. Overall law firms’ billings […]

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