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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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Judge's attack on Leigh Day sparks angry outburst from firm

SOLICITOR Martin Day has hit back at a High Court judge’s stinging ruling during high-profile tobacco litigation by accusing him of “living in an ivory tower”. Mr Justice Wright ruled that most of Leigh Day s clients who took action against tobacco giants Gallaher and Imperial fell outside the statute of limitations. He went on […]

Jailed solicitor disqualified

A solicitor has been struck off after duping clients into believing she had won their cases. Erica Wilding lost cases and then forged court orders, plucking massive sums from one unwitting client to pay another. In total, she transferred £347,000 to cover the lies she had told clients. One unsuccessful litigant was told he had […]

Deutsche Bank lawyer quits top job

PETER BROOKS, whose ruthless reputation earned him the sobriquet Prince of Darkness, has left his £1m job as general counsel at Deutsche Bank. Brooks, who was previously head of corporate finance at Clifford Chance, had been considering leaving the bank for some time. It is understood his role as general counsel changed considerably following the […]

In brief: Geoffrey Topham

Geoffrey Topham and Nigel Inglis-Jones QC performed £250,000-worth of work for free when they acted for National Grid pensioners. The figure is likely to grow due to a further hearing in the Court of Appeal. National Power and National Grid are expected to be granted leave to appeal to the House of Lords.

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Berwin Leighton property partner Peter Rudolf acted for Legal & General in the sale of the freehold interest at 59-67 Gresham Street to CGI, on account of the German open-ended fund, HausInvest, for £203m. Rudolf was assisted by head of tax, John Overs and construction partner, John Hughes D’Aeth. CGI was advised by a team […]

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