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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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The Government has identified a multitude of criminal acts as fraudulent. What is lacking is the definition of a general offence of fraud. By Gerallt Owen Currently there is no statutory offence of fraud in the UK. In 1984, the Roskill Report recommended the formation of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The report regrettably did […]

Baker & McKenzie suffers exodus of six German partners to US firms

Baker & McKenzie’s (B&M) German practice has lost six t partners to US rivals, including finance head Rainer Magold. According to Germany’s Juve magazine, rated acquisition finance lawyer Magold and rising banking star Christina Ungeheuer have joined Milbank Tweed Hadley & McLoy, for which they will open a Frankfurt office. Milbank opened its first German […]

DaimlerChrysler shuns City

Motor giant’s legal chief blasts City service; Herbert Smith, Richards Butler dumped for regional firms DaimlerChrysler UK (DCUK) has turned its back on the City following a sweeping review of its external advisers. Following a lengthy tender process, DCUK has sidelined Herbert Smith and Richards Butler, which historically advised it on litigation and competition law, […]

Bircham Dyson Bell reinvents itself as a PR firm

Bircham Dyson Bell is no longer just a law firm – it is also a public relations agency. Not content with developing a reputation for planning and parliamentary legal advice, the firm has taken the surprise decision to offer clients communications and public affairs advice. In a coup for the new service, Birchams has secured […]

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