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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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Energy, waste and renewables lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Augean on the disposal of parts of its former Waste Network division, the proposed closure of which was announced in September 2013. Augean will retain certain assets to form a new business — Augean Integrated Services based at Cannock. Of the remaining businesses of the division, […]

DLA Piper hires Lillian Mackenzie to projects team in Edinburgh

DLA Piper has appointed Lillian Mackenzie as a partner in the projects team, part of the finance and projects group. She joins the firm along with two associates and will be based in Edinburgh.  Prior to joining DLA Piper, Mackenzie was a partner at MacRoberts where she joined as a trainee in 1999 and became […]

Walker Morris advises Calrec management on acquisition from D&M Holdings

Walker Morris’s corporate team has advised the management of Calrec Audio on its acquisition from D&M Holdings for £14m. Calrec designs and manufactures audio mixing consoles for use in the television and radio broadcast sector. It was acquired by Electra Private Equity plc through a mixture of equity and debt. Calrec will become a sister […]

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Is Berrymans kicking into action at last?

Last week’s union with Scottish insurance outfit HBM Sayers was Berrymans Lace Mawer’s (BLM) first merger since 1997 (17 March 2014). Is this the start of a new acquisitive era for the firm? While other insurance firms kicked into expansion mode as soon as the Jackson reforms were announced back in 2010, BLM has taken […]

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