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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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Allen & Overy becomes first magic circle firm in South Africa

The rumours have been running around the Johannesburg legal market for some time, and today Allen & Overy (A&O) confirmed them – the firm is launching in South Africa with a raid on Bowman Gilfillan’s banking team. As first reported by The Lawyer back in September, A&O is relocating its former banking head Michael Duncan […]

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A&O exploits opportunity to break into South Africa

Allen & Overy has become the latest firm to move into South Africa, hiring a finance team from Bowman Gilfillan – but just how significant is the move? Allen & Overy (A&O) has a tendency to be a little coy when rumours start circulating that it is opening a new office, with a standard line […]

LSE move underlines strength and growth of African continent, says Eversheds

Boris Martor, partner and Africa expert at Eversheds, has commented on the news that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is attempting to increase the number of listings of African companies in the UK. Martor said: ‘This attempt shows the strength and the growth of the African continent on the international scene and also the desire to investigate African […]

ECB must consider rewards for whistleblowers, says Eversheds

Eversheds partner Andrew Henderson has commented on the news that the European Central Bank (ECB) is set to establish a whistleblower system to get tips on banks that may be breaking its rules. He said: ‘As EU agencies, such as the ECB, are given more oversight powers, the establishment of a whistleblower mechanism is not […]

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