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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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Clifford Chance ‘s volatile New York operation has lost its heavy-hitting, five-partner bankruptcy and restructuring team to US firm Kaye Scholer. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (16 February), star rainmaker and head of insolvency and restructuring Margot Schonholtz is taking the entire New York restructuring team with her to Kaye Scholer’s New York office. Joining […]

Bryan Cave in revenue and profit dip

US firm Bryan Cave’s 2004 revenues have dropped slightly on its record 2003 but firm chairman Don Lents has claimed the year was a success as 2003’s figures included a massive contingency fee. Gross revenue for 2004 was $374m down 2.6 per cent from $384m in 2003. Profits per equity partner fell from $600,000 in […]

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Midlands firm Rutherfords takes its law enforcement seriously. The three-partner outfit is headed by none other than The Bill’s Jim Carver. Known as being earnest, intense and scrupulously honest, Carver is an ideal figurehead for a firm that bases its work on conveyancing, family and personal injury. Of course, Carver has had his troubles in […]

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