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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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Magic circle firm launches new financial package in bid to retain talent Senior associates at Allen & Overy (A&O) could earn up to £200,000 as part of a complete overhaul of the magic circle firm’s career structure. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com last Thursday (12 October), A&O has abolished its current bonus system and will […]

Slaughters strengthens ties with best friends

Slaughter and May has strengthened its ties with its European best friend law firms, moving into new joint offices in Brussels. The UK independent is moving into the same building as best friends Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, France-based Bredin Prat, Germany’s Hengeler Mueller and Spain’s Uria Menendez. The new offices will be at Square […]

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A&O’s Beringer applauded with honorary QC

Allen & Overy and Irwin Mitchell’s senior partners Guy Beringer and Michael Napier have both been appointed as honorary QCs in the first honoris causa awards made since the introduction of a new silk system. Beringer and Napier are among six honorary QCs who will receive their awards on Monday (16 October) at the QC […]

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