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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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Allen & Overy’s Jeffrey Sullivan set to speak at International Energy Arbitration conference

Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Sullivan, who specialises in public international law and international arbitration, will be speaking at the International Energy Arbitration conference, which will take place on 20–21 February in Houston, Texas. The conference will consider a number of current issues arising in energy disputes. Sullivan will debate the issue of whether arbitral tribunals […]

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Gateley profits jump after Halliwells integration reaches completion

Gateley has revealed an £8m jump in profit after fully integrating the Manchester office of failed firm Halliwells in May 2012. The firm’s accounts, filed with Companies House last week, reveal for the first time how the firm put the 40-strong team into a separate legal entity due to the desperation to push the deal […]

Allen & Overy elects new partner to Tokyo corporate M&A practice

Allen & Overy has announced the election of Nick Wall as a partner in its Tokyo corporate and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice. Wall joins Allen & Overy from Freshfields, where he has spent the past 11 years primarily advising on inbound and outbound M&A transactions for international and Japanese clients. Wall has also spent […]

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“Largest ever” SDT fines upheld at High Court

The High Court has upheld a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) decision to fine a West End firm for misconduct after letting Portsmouth Football Club use its bank account while under winding up proceedings. Mayfair firm Fuglers and its two managing partners were hit with the largest-ever fines imposed by the SDT, for enabling the club […]

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Criminal barristers plan full day walkout over legal aid cuts

Barristers have stepped up their protest to legal aid cuts with plans for a full-scale walkout on 7 March, which will see them refuse to turn up to court or cover other members’ cases. It is a significant escalation on January’s strikes, when barristers showed their disdain for the budget cuts with a half-day strike […]

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