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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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The great corporate lawyer drought of 2006 continues. Word reaches The Lawyer that the extreme workloads are driving more and more junior lawyers to register with recruitment consultants for in-house work. Hays Legal in-house consultant Sam Baker says: “We’re absolutely swimming in people wanting to make the move to in-house work, more so than we’ve […]

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With a housing shortage, development has changed and the processes for the creation of infrastructure must modernise to keep up, say Stephen Ashworth and Janine Shaw There is no question that there is a housing shortage in the South East. What is less clear is how it should be addressed and whether the emerging infrastructure […]

DLA Piper brings in Motorola high-flyer

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired the Asia-Pacific general counsel of Motorola. Jeffery Tan, who was also the president of Motorola Singapore, joins the firm’s Singapore practice as a partner and will manage the corporate technology practice in South East Asia. Tan joins DLA Piper following 12 years at Motorola, where he was responsible […]

Provalis in-house lawyer axed following liquidation

Provalis’s sole in-house lawyer has been made redundant following the struggling company’s decision to put itself into liquidation. Legal director Lee Greenbury will be leaving the pharmaceutical and medical diagnostics business at the end of the September after eight years. Greenbury joined Provalis in July 1998 following a spell at high street chemist Boots. He will stay […]

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