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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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Insurers to cherry-pick low risk legal aid cases

LEGAL insurers are warning that many cases approved for legal aid funding will be too risky for them to take on under Access to Justice Bill proposals, effectively denying many people their day in court. Under proposals laid out in the Bill, personal injury cases will not be eligible for legal aid and lawyers will […]

From llama farmer to trail-blazing lawyer

SOLICITORS Indemnity Fund (SIF) campaigner Michael Dalton is used to going the distance. As a marathon runner he is proud of his powers of endurance and his ability to keep going when things gets tough. That is just as well. Dalton, a commercial property specialist from Portsmouth, is engaged in a David and Goliath-style battle […]

Glick joins CIC Video as Universal pulls plug

Prominent in-house lawyer Steven Glick has found his new job transformed before even taking up his post. Glick has left his job as general counsel for Ladbroke Group and is due to begin work this week as general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs at CIC Video International. But Universal Studios has pulled […]

Flotations & Financing

Pinsent Curtis acted for merchant bank Close Brothers in raising up to £30m for two business ventures under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). One, the Television Production Company, will produce programmes for worldwide distribution. The other, Traditional Free Houses, plans to acquire a portfolio of freehold pubs. The teams in both cases were led by […]

In brief: Linklaters & Paines

Linklaters & Paines has helped Waterloo Real Estate to victory in the notorious Knightsbridge Wall case after it was dismissed from the Court of Appeal. Waterloo was declared owner of the seven-metre stretch of wall through adverse possession since the 1950s. The decision now enables the company to continue with the construction of the Normandie […]

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