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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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Council fears explosion risk

Bromsgrove District Council is heading for a High Court showdown in London with a man it accuses of creating the possibility of an explosion by work he has carried out on an old tip in Bromsgrove. The council is to seek court orders banning the man, identified as T O’Neill in the claim, from interfering […]

Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings merge

The chambers of 11 Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings have merged to create a 45-tenant set. The set does not yet have a new name or premises – although both are under urgent review. After a number of failed investigations into other sets, 11 Bolt Court entered negotiations with 7 Stone Buildings in April. […]

A&O, Linklaters cut back in CIS

Allen & Overy and Linklaters are making redundancies in their Moscow offices, The Lawyer can reveal. Allen & Overy has made three local lawyers and three support staff redundant in a move which should save the firm an estimated £150,000. Linklaters has also laid off three Moscow-based Russian lawyers. A Linklaters spokeswoman confirms: “We have […]

Lord Irvine slams LawSoc over QC stance

The Lord Chancellor has attacked the Law Society following its call for QCs to be abolished and announcement that it is boycotting the soundings process. In a furious letter to Law Society president Robert Sayer, Lord Irvine declares himself “deeply disappointed” with the society’s adoption of a public position before Sir Leonard Peach’s scrutiny of […]

US firm acts in $115bn mega deal

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore has advised on the biggest deal in history – a telecommunications merg-er worth $115bn. The 442-lawyer firm, which has offices in London, represented MCI WorldCom on its merger with Sprint Corp. Cravaths partners made over $2m last year – the second biggest average profits per partner in New […]

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