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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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Dechert gets close to conclusion in its search for the perfect home

Dechert’s long-running search for new premises at a bargain basement price, which has resulted in more than 100 different sites being inspected, may finally be drawing to a close. After years of searching, the firm has narrowed the field to three locations, including Clifford Chance’s former headquarters at 200 Aldersgate Street and the nearby 140 […]

Fresh start for McGrigors London after KPMG split

McGrigors has distanced itself further from its former allegiance with KPMG by signing an agreement for new offices in London. The firm is taking 33,000sq ft of space at 5 Old Bailey, enabling it to move its London operations out of its current location in the same building as KPMG’s offices at 1-2 Dorset Rise. […]

Whistling an unhappy tune

The Steve Moxon case shows that whistle-blowing legislation may not protect employees if they go to the press. By Jon Robins Some might say that Steve Moxon – the civil servant sacked last month from his job with the Immigration Service for breaching a “contractual duty of confidentiality” – is a whistle-blowing hero. One analysis […]

Quadrant Chambers hires DWS aviation expert

Quadrant Chambers is continuing its hiring spree after recruiting a former corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Hugh O’Donovan is joining the set after 13 years at DWS, where he was a member of the firm’s aviation practice specialising in the growing area of airline regulatory and competition work. His clients include easyJet and […]

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