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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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After interminable deb-ates the EU has finally managed to draw up a directive on lawyers’ responsibilities with respect to money laundering. Interminable because the various lobbying groups on behalf of lawyers were up in arms about the possibility of any threat to the sacredness of client confidentiality.The timing is immaculate. As the simple act of […]

De Brauw poised to restart Linklaters talks

Linklaters & Alliance Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is poised to decide whether to restart merger talks with Linklaters. Partners from the Dutch firm will meet this week, and part of the agenda is a vote on whether to re-enter the discussions. It is expected that the majority of the partners will be in […]

Punting for change

Ireland’s tax laws attract a lot of global business, but as Vincent Power reports, the planned revision of its mergers and competition regimes could be the cause of some consternation The UK Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) website states: “Ireland offers great potential for UK companies. It is our fifth-largest export market, taking a […]

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