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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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Immedia Broadcasting initial public offering

McDermott wins Teather & Greenwood McDermott Will & Emery has scooped its first instruction for Teather & Greenwood (T&G) as the City broker gears up for the flotation of former Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brook-es’ company Immedia Broadcasting. The Chicago firm’s London office won the deal after acting for corporate finance boutique Bridge-well earlier this […]

Camerons wins Government rail work

CMS Cameron McKenna has scooped work advising the Department of Transport on the Crossrail project to link east and west London. The firm beat off competition from Linklaters and four other City firms to win the mandate to provide commercial and corporate law advice to the Government on the consultation process into how the £10bn […]

Norton Rose plugs Paris gap

Norton Rose has managed to hold on to a team of litigators who were due to leave the firm with three-partners who resigned in July.The team of five litigation assistants were due to move with partners Christian Bouckaert, Pascal Ormen and Remi Passem… Norton Rose has managed to hold on to part of a team […]

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How to stop litigants in person going mad: more funds needed

No one wants vexatious litigants. But three cheers for the CAB at the RCJ, says Naomi Rovnick “Bonkers.” “Pathological.” “On a downward spiral to nothing.” This is how some of the country’s leading litigators describe litigants in person, those who go before the courts without a lawyer. They complain that many litigants in person are […]

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