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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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Jones Day loses key Paris partner

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Cases from LAWTEL’S PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823 Noise in the underground The rights of councils in London to police noise from the underground rail network are on trial in the High Court. In 1996 the London Borough of Camden issued an abatement notice under the provisions of the Environmental […]

South-east firms win council contract

South-east law firms Thomas Eggar Church Adams and Cripps Harries Hall have beaten off rivals to advise Brighton & Hove Council on commercial property work. The council has a commercial property portfolio which brings in £8m per year in rent and has over 10,000 acres of farmland. It says the volume of work has increased […]

Clifford Chance agrees Luxembourg merger

Partners at both firms voted overwhelmingly for the union which has won approval from the Luxembourg Bar Association and will take place from 1 January 2000. The marriage to Faltz & Kremer, the country’s sixth largest firm with 20 lawyers, gives Clifford Chance a foothold in Luxembourg’s lucrative banking market. The new firm will be […]

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