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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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Metzger rejoins Couderts in NY

Coudert Brothers’ former London managing partner has rejoined the firm after four “roller coaster” years at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Barry Metzger now works at Couderts’ New York office in the international finance department after taking a leave of absence in 1994 to become general counsel at the ADB in Manila. Metzger says: “For […]

Fraud proposals get mixed reception

Top City crime lawyers have attacked a Law Commission proposal to remove the need to prove dishonesty in deception cases. As predicted in The Lawyer (5 April), the commission’s consultation paper proposes sweeping changes to the fraud laws in the light of new technology Although most proposals are welcomed – particularly those suggesting a tightening […]

In brief: Norton Rose

Norton Rose is to spend £2.3m on global hardware and maintenance to be supplied by Unisys. The overhaul of its information technology systems will begin in May and should be completed by the end of September. It is replacing all computers with Dell machines and upgrading its systems, including information management. John Copley, head of […]

Scuffle of the week

Lord Irvine is discovering that attack is not always the best form of defence. Furious at the Law Society’s high-profile national newspaper campaign against legal aid, Lord Irvine accused the society of “irresponsible scare mongering” and spreading lies. The result? An even higher-profile Law Society campaign with nearly every national newspaper running articles about the […]

Property

Garretts head of property Keith Barnett acted for Warner Estate in its recent acquisition of a u30m retail development site in Watford which was produced through a three-way deal between Tesco, which owns the adjacent site, Warner and Watford Borough Council. Tesco was represented by Berwin Leighton and Watford Council’s legal department acted for the […]

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