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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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Berwin Leighton has been chosen to advise development consortium Southwark Land Regeneration on its contract to redevelop London’s Elephant & Castle area. The project, which is expected to take 10 years to complete, will cost in the region of £1bn. Southwark Land Regeneration is a consortium comprising Godfrey Bradman’s European Land and Frogmore Estates. It […]

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Julia Cahill reports on Slaughters’ success in the latest M&A half-year league tables and asks: where is Lovells?

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The sheer size of the American Bar Association annual meeting is what makes it so amazing. Even though the number of members visiting London this week is lower than expected, there will still be over 3,000 lawyers attending some 225 meetings and events. Each of the specialist sections could probably put on one of the […]

11 King's Bench Walk loses Mehigan to former chambers

Simon Mehigan QC has left 11 King’s Bench Walk after four months to return to his former chambers. The leading employment, fraud and licensing specialist left 5 Paper Buildings in March to join the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s former set, but has now gone back to 5 Paper Buildings. In March, The Lawyer reported that […]

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