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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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Eversheds and West End firm Hamlins are going head-to-head in a High Court dispute between Bob Marley’s record company and Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett, the singer’s former guitarist, over unpaid royalties. Eversheds product group head Nick Valner is acting for Marley’s estate and record company Universal Island Records as they deny Barrett’s allegations that he has […]

City property teams laud Budget for giving Reits new lease of life

City real estate practices are extolling the virtues of Chancellor Gordon Brown’s Budget, unveiled last Wednesday (22 March), while corporate lawyers are eyeing a series of mouth-watering privatisations. The expected sale of part of the Government’s stake in British Energy could see Slaughter and May reprise the role that saw it collect £7m in fees […]

International eye: Asia

Donna Sawyer on the month in Asia Slaughters loses second corporate partner in HK It’s never a big surprise when a partner jumps ship to another firm – unless that partner is from Slaughter and May. So the legal community raised a collective eyebrow when The Lawyer (13 March) first reported that the firm had […]

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