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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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Employment law 2013 review: whistleblowing

Another area in which the legislative draftsmen have been busy is whistleblowing, a convenient if emotive description of a member of staff reporting serious malpractice in his or her organisation. Since the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) came into force, case law has identified issues that many commentators view as gaps in the legislation. […]

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Flexible working: The Loyalty Card

Men should take up their new rights so that flexible working becomes the accepted norm for both sexes I was recently a panellist at tThe Whitehall Industry Group (WIG) conference on ‘Accelerating gender diversity all the way up to the boardroom’.  My session focused on progress since the Davies Report and what needs to be […]

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Osborne Clarke wins back place on Nomura’s revamped EMEA panel

Investment bank Nomura has wrapped up a review of its panel firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reappointing Osborne Clarke to its existing list of legal advisers.  Mayer Brown, Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters, Travers Smith and Ashurst all kept their places on the panel, which was last reviewed in 2010 (5 August […]

Warning to employers relying on occupational health reports

By Richard Barker Employers managing employees on sickness absence often turn to occupational health (OH) for guidance on whether an employee comes within the legal definition of a disabled person, but now need to be careful of unquestioningly relying on OH assessments. The recent case of Gallop v Newport City Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1583 […]

Eversheds’ Munro comments on India’s new Lokpal anti-corruption agency

Leonie Munro, a senior associate at Eversheds, has commented following the news that India’s upper house of parliament has passed a measure to implement an independent anti-corruption agency, known as a Lokpal.  The Lokpal will have powers to investigate and prosecute corruption by senior government officials.  Munro said: ‘While the Lokpal law could be seen as a […]

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