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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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Last year Berryman Shacklock lost an office, but turnover remains healthy

Last year Berryman Shacklock lost an office, but turnover remains healthy Nottingham firm Berryman Shacklock has had a busy couple of years. In November 1999, Berryman & Co merged with Shacklocks, creating one of the largest firms in the East Midlands. It then had 17 partners. Just one year later, the Mansfield office of Shacklocks, […]

Jones Day merges with Tokyo’s Showa Law office

US firm more than doubles its Tokyo numbers with full economic integration New York firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is merging in Japan to more than double its capability in Tokyo.The firm is linking up with Tokyo’s Showa Law Office on 1 January next year. Four partners and eight lawyers will join Jones Day, […]

Badhams merger focuses on insurance

A merger between part of Badhams and niche professional indemnity firm Williams Davies Meltzer has created a new insurance firm called Plexus Law. Badhams’ London and Croydon offices will continue under the existing brand. They will concentrate on fast-track and general claims workThe new seven-partner firm will comprise Badhams’ commercial risks and losses practice and […]

Gaymer plans change of scenery for partners

Simmons & Simmons senior partner Janet Gaymer is pushing the firm to encourage partners to take up other jobs. Gaymer, who has been senior partner since the summer, said that the move is not recession related, but a way of allowing partners to have more flexibility in their careers.Gaymer is putting together a proposal to […]

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