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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman has acted as Cayman counsel to HKT Group Holdings (the guarantor) and provided Cayman legal opinions and condition precedents confirmation in respect of the bilateral facilities by each of the 11 participating banks to Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) (the borrower) on 21 May 2014. The aggregate amount of the bilateral facilities […]

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Ashurst joins firms aiming for greater diversity

It’s a pretty dismal figure. Just 18.6 per cent of all partners in the UK legal market are women, according to The Lawyer UK 200. On the upside, it looks as if firms are taking the problem increasingly seriously. Within the last few months, both Pinsent Masons and Herbert Smith Freehills have overhauled their diversity […]

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2Birds loses aviation case over delayed passenger compensation

Bird & Bird has lost an appeal for airline Jet2.com against a delayed passenger in a ruling which could pave the way for millions of airline compensation claims. Bott & Co today won compensation for Ronald Huzar, who was delayed for 27 hours on his way from Malaga to Manchester. Today the Court of Appeal […]

2Birds, one plane at the Court of Appeal

Is it a bird, is it a plane? Today at the Court of Appeal it was both, or more accurately, 2Birds and one plane. Bird & Bird came crashing to earth today after losing an appeal for airline Jet2.com over whether it should pay compensation to delayed passenger Ronald Huzar. 2Birds’ hopes might have been […]

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