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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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Epp V Pep

It was a breakthrough year for the top firms inthe UK, with the global elite (Allen & Overy(A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) each posting a PEP in excess of £1m in the same year for the first time. But is that a true and accurate figure? The answer is ‘yes’, if you […]

Unknown Freshfields claim comes to light

Star banking partner David Ereira filed a discrimination claim against his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as he made the rare move across to magic circle rival Linklaters earlier this year. Ereira filed his claim in March at the Central London Employment Tribunal, advised by Fox Williams employment partner Anne Pritam. Ereira left Freshfields in […]

From OIK to a King

King & Spalding’s launch in Germany is noteworthy for a number of reasons. (See story). Its hire of Heuking corporate partner Michael Prinz zu Lowenstein gives it instant credibility in Frankfurt. However, the recruitment of the in-house team of real estate fund Oppenheim Immobilien-Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, or OIK (never were we more glad to see an acronym), […]

Marked increase in employment tribunal cases

Employment tribunal cases continued to rise during 2006-07, up 15 per cent on the previous year, figures from the Tribunals Service have revealed. During the last financial year, the number of cases brought to tribunals totalled 132,577 while the number of cases disposed of also rose, up 19 per cent from 86,083 in 2005-06 to […]

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