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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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Kennedys stands by Sheffield United sponsorship as Ched Evans returns to ground

Kennedys will continue to sponsor the Kop stand at Sheffield United Football Club (SUFC) despite the controversy surrounding convicted rapist Chedwyn Evans’ return to training, a spokesperson for the firm has confirmed. The former SUFC player was convicted of rape at Caernarfon Crown Court on 20 April 2012 for which he served a custodial term, […]

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Stephenson Harwood earns £46,000 from Coventry City Football Club liquidation

Stephenson Harwood has earned £46,000 from the liquidation of Coventry City Football Club according to recent insolvency filings with Companies House.  Stephenson Harwood partner Stuart Frith was instructed by joint liquidators Stephen Katz and Paul Appleton of David Rubin & Partners, taken on when Coventry was placed into administration in March 2013. The Liquidator’s Progress Report shows […]

DLA Piper announces appointment to Green Africa Power panel

DLA Piper has been jointly appointed to the panel of Green Africa Power alongside Stephenson Harwood. GAP is a facility and investment vehicle and part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. Its mandate is to promote the development of renewable power generation in Africa, and the UK government is capitalising GAP with initial funding of […]

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20 Essex Street has for many years been involved in some of the most significant cases in this area. These have included: the bank charges litigation; assorted ‘credit crunch’ litigation arising out of the collapses of Lehmans, Kaupthing, MF Globaland other financial institutions; the RBS rights issue litigation; the Cukurova FINCARs litigation; and leading cases […]

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