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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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All change — payment of adjudication decision does restart the clock for losing party

The Court of Appeal has now reversed the decision in Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc, concluding that payment of the adjudication decision constitutes a new cause of action and restarts the limitation clock for the paying party. Aspect was the losing responding party in an adjudication in 2009 under the Scheme for […]

No5 barrister Robin Rowland set to speak at Jordan’s Family Law Update 2014

No5 Chambers barrister Robin Rowland will speak at Jordan’s Family Law Update 2014, which will be held in Birmingham on 5 February and in Cardiff on 26 February. The Family Law Update 2014 provides three expert speakers who give updates on the latest case-law developments, procedural changes and a range of current topics. 

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Dundas partner exits pile up as CMS merger looms

Dundas & Wilson has seen another six partners exit the firm ahead of its proposed merger with CMS Cameron McKenna, including former CMS real estate disputes founder Andrew Walker. Walker leaves a little more than a year after joining the firm in September 2012 and announced his intention to resign before the impending merger. His destination […]

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Addleshaws leads $1bn Middle East conspiracy battle

Addleshaw Goddard has secured the mandate on one of the biggest cases to be heard in the Commercial Court in 2014, acting in a $1bn conspiracy dispute that involves claimant representation from four top silks. Partner Mark Hastings, who rose to fame when he represented the late Boris Berezovksy in his mammoth dispute with Chelsea […]

A very happy New Year for City development projects

It’s early days, but so far 2014 looks to be a promising year for London’s planning and real estate lawyers. Just look at Queens Park Rangers’ latest move– trying to score a new 40,000-seat stadium to replace its current 18,000-capacity Loftus Road ground. The football club has signed up Macfarlanes for the bulk of the […]

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