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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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Legal chief quits V2

The worldwide head of legal at Richard Branson’s record label V2 is quitting. Will Meekin, director of commercial and business affairs for V2 Music Worldwide, will leave at the end of August and is hoping to launch an independent consultancy for the music and entertainment sectors. V2’s chief executive Tony Harlow is reviewing the position […]

Allen & Overy to block corporate partner promotions as downturn bites

London-based corporate associates vying to make partner at Allen & Overy (A&O) have had their hopes dashed after the firm announced there will be no promotions in the group next year. The magic circle firm informed lawyers of the decision through its associate forum last month. A&O made up just one partner in London corporate […]

Dickinson Dees in shake-up

Dickinson Dees in shake-up” />Newcastle’s Dickinson Dees is shaking up its management in what could be the firm’s first contested election in over seven years. Managing partner Neil Braithwaite has held the post since 1997 and was re-elected unopposed three years ago. It is understood that Braithwaite is intending to stand for re-election, although this […]

Herbert Smith keeps the rain at bay with new bridge

Herbert Smith is taking a novel approach to office expansion by building a bridge between its existing Exchange House headquarters and its new premises. Building work has already started on linking the spaces after Herbert Smith signed a 15-year lease for approximately 45,000sq ft at 10 Exchange Square. It is understood that the top 10 […]

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