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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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Tomkins sells Murray and Hayter to US-based Summersong Investment for $220.9m (£151.8m). Tomkins advised on UK law by Shoosmiths (Peter Seary) and on US law by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (Eric Friedman). Summersong Investment advised on UK and US law by Sidley & Austin.

Jones Day expands in Asia with the opening of a Singapore office

Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Singapore, its eighth outpost in Asia and its 25th worldwide. The firm has gained approval to practise from the Singapore authorities and plans to open its doors in January next year. Head of the firm’s Indian practice Jay Pathak is moving in to […]

DTI REVIEW

“We’re looking at streamlining and providing aggressive deterrents against time-wasting cases,” says a DTI spokesman. This review of employment tribunal procedure is on course to report next month. According to the DTI, the review is operating “under existing law”, with no powers to change legislation. In particular, the Government will be looking at providing more […]

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The Trusted Advisor, by David H Maister, Charles H Green and Robert M Galford, published by The Free Press (ISBN 074320963X) The authors of this new self-help guide claim that the key to professional success is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. “The creation of trust is what earns the right […]

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