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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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Solicitors’ firms will soon have access to a subscription-based TV and radio advertising service called the Legal Line. The service, to be launched in October, is based on commercials showing the public how to obtain advice from local solicitors. Response to the adverts is via a Legal Line 0990 number which can be accessed from […]

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Hammond Suddards acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland which provided £13.5 million in term loans and working capital facilities for the £21 million management buy-out of merged canned food businesses Haigh Castle and Jack Israel. Alsop Wilkinson

In brief: Nabarros shifts shipping to Lloyd's building

Nabarro Nathanson is the latest law firm to open an office in the Lloyd’s building. It says the move is to support its growing shipping work and the office will act as a City base for the firm’s shipping lawyers. This follows the hiring of a Norton Rose specialist litigation team led by partners Dominic […]

How to conquer space

Rather like a first time housebuyer, the move to a larger home for a law firm can often be a traumatic one. Outgrowing an existing office always raises a number of issues. The move for City firm Linklaters & Paines to its new international headquarters at Milton House and Shire House, Silk Street in 1997 […]

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