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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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NHSLA cuts legal panel

Weightmans, Kennedys and Ward Hadaway are all believed to have won work from the NHS Litigation Authority in its long-awaited panel review. Six other firms have been slashed in the shakeup. One such firm is Scrivenger Seabrook, which derives 90 per cent of its revenue from the panel work. see full story, page 2

Back to his roots

From lawyer to banker…and now back to lawyer. Dearbail Jordan talks to Jones Day’s new finance partner Martin Bartlam, a man who his clients think is well worth the wait

Stibbe Simont commits to Continental strategy

European firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot has rebranded itself under the single name of Stibbe. This rebranding acts as confirmation of the firm’s commitment not to seek an Anglo-Saxon merger. Managing partner Allard Metzelaar says of the rebranding: “The main reason for doing this is that it expresses what we are, which is a single, […]

A stake in the future

The idea behind stakeholder schemes was a good one – give low earners a vehicle in which they can save safely and at a low cost through their employer, with all contributions deducted at payroll. Like all good ideas, it is great in theory, but although stakeholder schemes do not come into force until October, […]

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK

Allied Domecq slashes in-house legal team Allied Domecq slashed its legal team in half just months after it sold its pub retail arm for £2.7bn to Punch Taverns and relocated a division of its legal team from its London head office to Bristol. The news of the cuts coincided with the announcement that Russell Kelley, […]

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