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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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Merricks takes partners from Lewis Silkin

NICHE insurance and construction litigation firm Merricks has profited from Lewis Silkin’s continued restructuring by taking two insurance partners to launch a new London office. The two partners, Dennis Wilkins and Jonathan Suckling, joined existing Merricks partners Tim Hunt and Robert Muskath in opening the London office last month. Merricks, which has rapidly expanded since […]

EC's Action Plan

As part of the EC’s Action Plan against Organised Crime, the Law Society and pan-European Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe will meet in Brussels on 26 October to examine whether European Codes of Conduct would help protect professions from the influence of organised crime.

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Jonathan Hull has been appointed group legal director and company secretary at theatrical and concert production company, the Really Useful Group. Hull joined the company from Denton Hall in 1991 as legal and business affairs manager.

David Ansbro – High flyer with his feet on the ground

Chris Fogarty talks to David Ansbro, Eversheds’ ‘Mr Nice Guy’ who heads up the Leeds and Manchester offices. Coronation Street has never seen a party quite like it. A month ago, on the cobbled stones of the most famous soap opera street in the world, regulars Ken Barlow and Rita Fairclough mingled with 1,000 Eversheds […]

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