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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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Romania: new perspective on dawn raids and leniency following criminal legislation amendments

By Cătălin Suliman The entry into force in Romania on 1 February 2014 of the new criminal codes implementing laws — i.e. Law no. 187/2012 and Law no. 255/2013, respectively — brought important changes to certain non-criminal laws such as Competition Law no. 21/1996 republished, as further amended and supplemented. Two of these amendments concern the requirement […]

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Harneys becomes latest offshore firm to launch in Singapore

Offshore firm Harneys is bolstering its Asian presence with a Singapore office, relocating two Hong Kong partners to the jurisdiction to lead the venture. The Singapore base will be led by the firm’s global banking head Colin Riegels, alongside funds partner Lisa Pearce. Both are moving from Hong Kong and will be joined by another […]

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Squire Sanders unveils reduced partnership promotions round

Squire Sanders has announced the promotion of seven lawyers to its partnership ranks, with two lawyers making the cut in the UK. The number of new partners is down on last year, when eight lawyers were made up (13 March 2013). In 2012, Squire Sanders made up 13 new partners (14 March 2012). Two of […]

Allen & Overy updates Access Assist app

Allen & Overy has updated its Access Assist iPad app, which is designed to help businesses of all kinds deal with requests for access to the personal data they hold, whether relating to employees, customers or others. Access Assist is a free Q&A tool supported by targeted summaries of applicable law, legislation, case law and […]

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Employment tribunal rejects ABN Amro lawyer’s racial discrimination claims

The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a former ABN Amro lawyer’s unfair dismissal claim against the bank but thrown out her 41 allegations of racial discrimination. Angela Cobbina, formerly a senior lawyer at the UK branch of the Dutch bank, blamed her employer for her miscarriage last year and said she was hounded out […]

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