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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: Presidential roles for British lawyers

British solicitor Howard Rosen has been elected as president of the Zurich-based British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. Stephenson Harwood partner Tibor Gold has been elected president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

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Allen & Overy acted for The Thomson Corporation and Thomson Travel Group on the £1.7bn flotation of Thomson Travel Group. Freshfields advised sponsor Dresdner Kleinwort Benson

Ross & Craig partner to head Field Fisher's new Anglo-German group

Field Fisher Waterhouse is creating a London-based Anglo-German group with the recruitment of partner Robert Wieder from nine-partner West End firm Ross & Craig. Wieder, who holds dual Austria-UK citizenship and joined Field Fisher this month, is heading a group of three lawyers at the firm – Annett Sonderman, who is dual UK/German qualified, Roman […]

Child Abuse. Jurors as inquisitors

Satvinder Juss reports on attempts in the US to encourage juror involvement by letting them ask questions during a trial. Satvinder Juss is a barrister at 4 King’s Bench Walk. Jurors in some US civil and criminal trials are being allowed to question witnesses in what is being touted as the next big step in […]

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