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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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Mecom continues growth with hire of London GC

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Wragges sees eight join directorship

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has promoted eight lawyers to director level, the firm’s intermediate tier of seniority between associate and partner. Real estate saw two of the new appointees, with one each in corporate, employment, construction litigation, finance litigation, banking and IT. Senior partner Quentin Poole said the lawyers had been promoted as they had […]

Professional Negligence: World wary

The risk of prosecution from another jurisdiction has grown exponentially in today’s global marketplace, making caution, risk management and insurance key planks for any adviser, says Matt Andrews This article is focused on extraterritorial risk: risks to UK-based professionals as a result of events in foreign jurisdictions. It is not about extraterrestrial risks, as assumed […]

Norton Rose handed qatar power project

Norton Rose has advised project company Mesaieed Power Company on the $2.4bn (£1.19bn) financing of a gas-fired power generation facility in Qatar. The company is owned jointly by Marubeni Corporation, Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Electricity and Water Company. The facility will receive feedstock gas from Qatar Petroleum. The project, known as ‘Mesaieed A’, is to […]

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