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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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China’s new VAT regulations may significantly increase charges on Chinese exports

China’s new regulation on value-added tax (VAT), which went into effect on 1 August 2013, may increase charges on exports originating from China by up to six per cent. Circular No. 37 of 2013, jointly issued by China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and State Administration of Taxation (SAT), provides for the replacement of business tax with […]

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2018: The voice of in-house counsel

Prediction: Clients will require law firms to field professional project managers as a service norm. Costs management, both in litigation and non-contentious work, will rise to the top of the in-house agenda. With multiple methods of charging clients will start to invest in systems that track and manage costs. In turn, law firms will have […]

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Bevan Brittan cuts seven positions following redundancy round

Bevan Brittan has cut seven positions, including two lawyer roles, as a result of a redundancy consultation, the firm said today. The Bristol-headquartered firm said in May that three associates and senior associates from its commercial and infrastructure team had been put at risk of redundancy, along with six support staff from human resources and […]

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