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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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In brief: Legal aid pilot proves a success

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LeBoeufs recruit

New York firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has recruited a government lawyer to head its international maritime and land boundary team in Washington DC. David Colson was the deputy assistant US Secretary of State for Oceans and former assistant legal advisor for oceans, environment and science.

Debt work deal

US lawyers have helped broker a debt restructuring deal for the Republics of Slovenia and Croatia. White & Case corporate partners James Hurlock and Troy Alexander and associates Lawrence Pettit and James Berman represented Croatia in issuing $1.46 billion in bonds in exchange for its share of a $4.3 billion debt owed by the former […]

Vaudreys builds on PFI work

Manchester firm Vaudreys is playing an important role in the drive to rebuild the city centre after winning a government contract to advise on the construction of an Inland Revenue office complex there. The practice has completed the first stage of its role as adviser for the Private Finance Initiative-managed development after handling the bidding […]

Pilot public defender scheme falls foul of Scottish lawyers

Government proposals to pilot a public defender system in Scotland have been condemned by Scottish lawyers who say they will create “a clear and present danger” of miscarriages of justice. In its response to a white paper by Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth proposing a pilot public defender scheme, the Law Society of Scotland says it […]

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