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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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Deals roundup

Addleshaws helps Admiral with pub acquisitions Addleshaws helps Admiral with pub acquisitionsAddleshaw Goddard has advised longstanding client Admiral Taverns on the acquisition of 376 pubs from KUC in a deal worth more than £137m. The deal was turned around quickly, with due diligence and the exchange of contracts completed in just 10 days. Real estate […]

Partners go Pole prancing

Tulkinghorn is tempted to say hats off to the three Clifford Chance partners who are to embark on a gruelling, unsupported 10-day trek across the Polar ice cap, but they’ll probably need them. The trio – Michael Bates, Alan Inglis and new London finance head Mark Stewart – plan to trek from the 89th parallel […]

Silent partner

Recently Tulkinghorn and his minions were compiling stats on partner moves over the past three years for The Lawyer’s spanking new career report. (Admittedly, any info gathering can be a tedious exercise, but it is nevertheless vital for all that. Honest.) As an added ingredient, the hacks had requested the recent hires and promotions be split along […]

EU set to disentangle cross-border disputes

Lawyers settling cross-border financial disputes within the EU will be offered a simplified system for receiving and sending payments, allowing them to bypass complicated national administrative rules. The EU Council of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs agreed in principle to establish this ‘European Order for Payment Procedure’, hastening the payment of compensation, debts or damages in uncontested […]

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