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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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Weil Gotshal & Manges and Baker Botts have taken the lion’s share of the legal advice on the $7.8bn (£5.51bn) merger between Enron, the world’s largest energy trader, and its rival Dynegy.Enron’s core product is a wholesale merchant business for natural gas and power, but it has strayed into a myriad of global energy and […]

A taxing time

Freeserve’s general council David Melville knows that his company is not getting a fair deal when it comes to UK taxes, and he is not going to take it lying down. Naomi Rovnick reports

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Ronald Thwaites QC’s Ely Place Chambers has established a unique business arrangement as it tries to pay off a loan and buy its freehold. The scheme enables heavy debts to be paid off by the arrival of new tenants.Tenants purchase shares in a pension fund, which is run independently by a management company. By adding […]

Wragges chosen to help BA through downturn

Midlands firm gets the nod over Slaughter and May on £1m property portfolio British Airways (BA) has appointed Wragge & Co to advise on the first tranche of a massive property disposal aimed at limiting the impact of the travel crisis following the terrorist attacks on the US.The first tranche of four properties is expected […]

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Subjudice picked an extraordinary time to ask for her first mobile phone – just three days after a girl at her school was mugged for her Nokia. There she was at the bus stop, dreaming of how to make Destiny’s Child outfits with a pair of scissors and a can of glitter spray, when three […]

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