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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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Bakers, Freshfields and Clifford Chance sign up to support law centre volunteer programme

Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among the firms that have signed up to support a new scheme to train law centre volunteers. The City firms are joined in funding Pro Bono Community, which is the brainchild of future 1 Essex Court pupil Oliver Hyams, currently at the European Commission, and […]

Taylor Wessing hedges… and wins

‘Breadth’, ‘depth’, ‘internationality’, even the wonderful ‘countercyclicality’. Every firm wants them, but who has them all? Enter Taylor Wessing, that frequent provider of comforting financial results. Yet again it has pulled off its standard solid revenue increase, this time 7 per cent to £228m for its global network. For those of you wondering – and […]

Real estate in the fashion industry

The retail sector is sensitive to and responds quickly to consumer-driven economic conditions. Changing consumer trends, lack of prime retail space and often inflexible leases have all meant that times are challenging for retailers. However, these challenges have also brought with them a wealth of opportunities to the sector. To thrive, retailers must be able […]

Allen & Overy adds first litigation partner in Perth

Allen & Overy has extended its litigation practice to Perth with the hire of partner Mark van Brakel from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Van Brakel joins Allen & Overy from Corrs’ Perth office, where he has been a partner for three years. Prior to joining Corrs, he spent 13 years with Clayton Utz. His […]

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