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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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Two UK firms fall victim to the crunch

The economic crisis has claimed its first two substantial victims in the British legal sector. The economic crisis has claimed its first two substantial victims in the legal sector. London firm Saunders Solicitors, which had 10 partners and a turnover of £2.5m, was wound up in October by administrators BDO Stoy Hayward, drafting in a […]

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted eight lawyers to partner and two to counsel in the firm’s latest round of promotions. The US firm made up six to partner in its New York office, one in the Rome office and one in Brussels. Two associates were made up to counsel in the New York […]

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Daily Mail chief slams judge

Mr Justice Eady has come under attack from the Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre for bringing privacy laws in by the back door. Dacre, speaking at the Society of Editors’ annual conference in Bristol, criticised Eady J’s ruling that the News of the World (NotW) had breached Formula 1 chief Max Mosley’s privacy after secretly […]

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Bingham McCutchen has raided Clifford Chance to bulk up its US litigation capabilities, hiring the magic circle firm’s Washington DC office head as well as two litigation partners. Leiv Blad, who headed Clifford Chance’s DC office, will join the antitrust and trade regulation group in Bingham’s DC office together with partners Jon Roellke and Boyd […]

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