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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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Lactating girlfriends, seven foot Rooneys and Lovells systems crash

Well, it finally happened – Wayne Rooney played for England in the World Cup. Now we can get back to the important things, like telling tales of the lawyers and their friends who helped prop up bars across the city. Tulkinghorn hears of dramas from the Lovells project finance party, where the sound system failed […]

EU lobbies Uzbekistan for investigation into Andizhan massacre

In May 2005, unrest in Uzbekistan came to a head when armed men are said to have attacked a number of military barracks and government buildings in Andizhan. The men broke into the city’s prison to free hundreds of prisoners. They later occupied a government building on the city square after taking hostages. At first […]

AIM practices suffer as stock market gets case of the jitters

Recent market uncertainty means law firms are likely to suffer a dip in their previously booming alternative investment market (AIM) practices. Lawyers have warned that they are already seeing a downturn in instructions as nervousness in the stock market forces companies to postpone or axe their flotation or share sale plans. Several companies have already […]

Gianni overhauls governance and management

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has revolutionised its internal structure, handing 14 partners management roles and setting up new governance committees. The decision to change the original partnership agreement was approved at the partners meeting held on 13 June. Previously Gianni Origoni only had a five partner executive committee, but has now set up a […]

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