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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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Richards Butler has advised its longstanding client MTV on a major deal that sees the music television company relaunch in Italy. The firm was instructed by Svenja Geissmar, general counsel and senior vice-president of corporate business affairs, and Kathryn David, of the corporate business affairs department of MTV Networks Europe, to sell MTV’s Italian operations […]

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While many law firms in the UK still have to get to grips with the fundamentals of advertising, there is one London firm that has certainly grasped the bull by the horns. Just take a look at the latest offerings from divorce specialists Brookman. Well, they are certainly bold. There are two ads: one, which […]

A VIEW from Bermuda

Generally speaking, there was concern as to how the anticipated slowdown in the US would affect the Bermuda market. There has been a marginal slowdown, but if you ask any professional on the island, they will reply that they are still busy – just not as busy as they have been. Bermuda has enjoyed a […]

Argles takes pole position as First Choice employment firm

South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has strengthened its relationship with FTSE 250 holiday company First Choice by gaining an enhanced role as employment law adviser. Previously, Hammond Suddards Edge advised First Choice on employment issues. Hammonds will continue to advise on Manchester-generated employment work but Argles will provide employment advice for the Gatwick business, […]

BLP in public sector push with R&M hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made its first post-merger lateral partner hire with an appointment to its property department. Lesley-Anne Avis joins later this month from Rowe & Maw, where she is a fixed-share partner. She specialises in property development and local authority-related work and has worked on PFI transactions. Avis has been at Rowe […]

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