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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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DLA Piper chairman emeritus announces sixth quarterly report to Penn State

Senator George J Mitchell and his law firm DLA Piper have announced that Mitchell has delivered his sixth quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) among Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Big Ten Conference.  The sixth report describes Penn State’s effort during the most recent 90-day […]

The Camp US tax reform proposal: what’s inside?

By Evan Migdail, Linda Pfatteicher and Bruce Thompson House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp (representing Michigan) this week introduced a draft of the most comprehensive reform of the Internal Revenue Code in decades. The key principles in the draft are: (1) a deep reduction in individual and corporate tax rates; (2) elimination of […]

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