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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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CBRE promotes internally for new EMEA GC

Investment management company CBRE Global Investors has promoted its deputy EMEA general counsel Anja Ijlstra to the position of general counsel for the EMEA region. Ijlstra replaces Fabrice Rochu, who passed away in November 2013. She will sit on the European management board for the company, which is one of the largest global investment management […]

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KPMG applies to extend Cobbetts administration period by six months

KPMG has applied to extend the administration period for collapsed Manchester firm Cobbetts by six months, a report by KPMG reveals. The administration was scheduled to automatically end on 5 February 2014 unless the joint administrators could not complete their objectives.  The filing, published today (22 January 2014), reveals that the joint administrators’ have requested for […]

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Betfair legal director quits months after resignation of company secretary

Betfair legal director Justin Hubble has left the gambling company just months after company secretary Martin Cruddace resigned. Hubble joined Betfair as head of legal in October 2003 and, a decade later, was promoted to legal director, understood to be the group’s most senior legal role. It is not clear if his promotion was linked […]

How imminent changes to TUPE could reduce the cost of your supply chain

As most retailers will testify, managing the risks and costs associated with TUPE can be a real problem when making changes to supply chains. As the law currently stands, a change of supplier or service provider will usually trigger the application of TUPE. The main effect of this being that the relevant employees (generally speaking, […]

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