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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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Is the Human Rights Act a new source of redress?

Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled in the case of Private Jason Smith, the Territorial Army soldier who died of heatstroke while serving in Iraq in 2003, that the Human Rights Act (HRA) could apply to British troops, even on the battlefield. This is a hugely important decision with far-reaching implications. Human rights legislation […]

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Ashurst revenues down by 7 per cent

Ashurst has reported a seven per cent drop in global revenues for the 2008-09 financial year. The silver circle firm announced total revenue of £301m, which is down from £323m at the end of the 2007-08 financial year. While the firm is yet to announce its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure, managing partner […]

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Focus: Unitary authorities: No county for old men

The launch of nine new unitary authorities has put the cosy world of the council lawyer on a collision course with the new, super-sized legal teams When the nine new unitary authorities were launched last month, hundreds of lawyers were thrust together in the biggest shake-up of local government for 30 years. For solicitors in Cheshire, ­Bedfordshire (which, […]

SJ Berwin builds up Gazeley ties with £1.8bn letting

SJ Berwin and Maxwell Winward have advised Gazeley and the UK Logistics Fund (UKLF) on a £1.8m-a-year let to a European Airbus manufacturer. SJ Berwin real estate partner Darren Rogers led a team advising long-standing client Gazeley on the 15-year let of 380,000sq ft of space to GKN Aerospace Services at Western Approach Distribution Park in Bristol. […]

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