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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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Marija Danilunas is an intellectual property partner at Hammond Suddards. LAST MONTH Microsoft settled part of the civil anti-trust proceedings brought against it by the US Department of Justice, thereby avoiding a finding of contempt of court and a $1m-a-day fine. Industry may view the practice of a licensor requiring licensees to buy all its […]

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Stephenson Harwood acted for The Vardinoyannis Group in connection with a US$150m syndicated loan by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi to the Group’s Luxembourg subsidiary, Centenia Finance SA. Allen & Overy acted for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.

LCD unveils major upgrade of Web site

The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has completed a major upgrade of its Internet Web site, following a significant upsurge in interest in its home pages. The LCD’s previous temporary site went from recording just 300 visits, or “hits”, a week, to well over 5,500 a week in the space of a year. The record for […]

New practice tunes up with Bassey

The recent county court action in which Shirley Bassey was accused of slapping her personal assistant, calling her a Jewish bitch and dismissing her in a drunken rage would have been a good high-profile case for any practice to handle. For newly-formed practice, Stock Fraser Cukier, the case was important in establishing the firm as […]

SIF makes massive saving after NHL ruling

Millions of pounds have saved from the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund’s reserves following a House of Lords ruling. Since National Home Loans (NHL) was refused leave to appeal its case against solicitors Giffen Couch & Archer in December, hundreds of similar claims have been settled in favour of the solicitors. NHL had argued that Giffens had […]

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