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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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It’s time charities paid: charities, regulators and fees

On 14 October 2010, Sky News misreported that the government intended, when ushering in the age of austerity, to abolish the Charity Commission. Rumours of the commission’s death (on the so-called ‘bonfire of the quangos’) proved exaggerated but there should be no underestimating the extent of the cuts. The commission’s funding is being reduced by […]

Employment challenges in the era of sequestration

Job losses. Furloughs. Salary reductions. These are some of the tough employment issues facing contractors around the nation as sequestration and federal budget cuts have taken effect in 2013. The squeeze on contract spending has taken a substantial toll on government contractors, who have seen contracts and orders delayed, descoped, deferred and terminated. When faced […]

Antitrust Division ends year with highest level of criminal fines ever in 122-year history of Sherman Antitrust Act

The Antitrust Division obtained more than $1.13bn in criminal fines in fiscal year 2012 (October 2011–September 2012), the highest in the 122-year history of the Sherman Antitrust Act. More impressive, this year’s fine total does not include the additional $218m the Antitrust Division secured for state and federal agencies in alternative penalties, disgorgement and restitution, […]

Review of European waste management targets

The European Commission has launched a much-anticipated consultation on the future of Europe’s legally binding waste and recycling targets. The comprehensive consultation, which opened on 4 June 2013, is the first phase of the commission’s review of recycling targets. The second phase will consider the impact of the preferred options that emerge from phase one. […]

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Asian Moves: 25 June 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. China Beijing-based Han Kun Law Offices has hired Leanne Zheng as a partner in its litigation and arbitration practice team. Zheng joins from Jones Day’s Beijing office, where she practised for seven years as an associate. At the […]

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