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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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Finance law opens up capital markets in Spain

A new catch-all finance law has been passed by the Spanish senate, allowing a significant number of modern financial transactions to take place on the country’s capital markets The Ley de Medidas de Reforma del Sistema Financiero – known as the finance law and passed by the senate last Tuesday (22 October) – introduces a […]

Camerons appoints new Moscow managing partner

Former managing partner seconded to CMS German member, Hasche Sigle, to strengthen M&A capability CMS Cameron McKenna has replaced its Moscow managing partner, John Hammond, with Moscow banking and corporate finance partner David Griston. Hammond has now been seconded to the German member of Camerons’ CMS network, Hasche Sigle. He has been charged with strengthening […]

Costly disputes drive Lloyds insurance market to mediation

Mediation centre set up in Lloyds building The Lloyds building now has its first mediation centre. The Claims Mediation Centre has been set up as a direct response to increasing calls from the Lloyds insurance market for less costly ways of resolving problem claims and disputes.The centre is open to all claimants involved in insurance […]

Boyes Turner takes over as UK Lawrope member

Thames Valley-based firm Boyes Turner has been elected the sole UK representative of international law firm association Lawrope. The firm replaces Finers Stephens Innocent, which quit the alliance for Meritas in May 2002.

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Of solicitors who transfer from private practice, nine out of 10 strongly prefer working for local government. This is according to a survey conducted by the Local Government Group (LGG) of the Law Society, which questioned more than 150 solicitors who had transferred from private practice into local government Why should this be? Those surveyed […]

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