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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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Head of 10 King's Bench steps down

High-profile criminal silk Ronald Thwaites QC is stepping down as head of chambers at 10 King’s Bench Walk after 10 years at the helm. He is being replaced by former deputy Georges Khayat QC, who says: “He’s a maverick and a high-flier and at first I didn’t know what kind of head he would be. […]

Theodore Goddard tipped as suitor for Euro alliance BBLP

Two London firms are competing to be the first UK practice to join the 420-lawyer European alliance BBLP. Andre Moquet, a founding partner of French firm Moquet Borde & Associes, says that the alliance is now ready to expand across the Channel. He says: “We have found two potential UK firms to form an alliance […]

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Norton Rose advised Helical Bar on the £18m sale of 8-10 Mansion House Place, EC4 to the British Arab Commercial Bank. (The buyer intends to occupy the building by the end of January 2000.) Jonathan Ody, property partner at Norton Rose, led the team on the deal, with property partner David Sinclair and construction partner […]

Fosters legal chief tells firms to think global or lose partners

Law firms must develop global capacities if they are to stop the latest generation of lawyers moving from private practice to in-house, says Peter Turner, head of legal at Fosters Brewing Group. Turner warns that national firms face being unable to keep pace with their clients’ increasing global interests. Turner says: “Law firms are risk-averse […]

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