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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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In brief: Solicitor Cowie appointed Scots advocate

MacRoberts solicitors, based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, has announced the appointment of Charles Cowie as solicitor advocate. Cowie will now be entitled to appear in any Scottish civil court from the Sheriff Court through to House of Lords appeals. Cowie has been a partner at MacRoberts since 1987.

Projects

Herbert Smith, led by head of projects Andrew Preece, has just completed the transfer of European Passenger Service to London & Continental Railways, the company selected to design, construct and operate the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

In brief: Cambridge prof gets Eversheds post

A University of Cambridge professor has been appointed as a consultant to the national planning team of Eversheds. Professor Malcolm Grant is the country’s leading authority on planning law and will assist Eversheds in the development of its planning practice. Grant, author of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice – considered by many to […]

In brief: Energy partner plugs in to Bevan Ashford

Leading Bristol firm Bevan Ashford has announced the appointment of Gareth Dodds as energy partner. Dodds will oversee advice to companies on a broad range of energy-related issues, from contractual arrangements for generation projects to the protection of innovative technologies. Bevan Ashford said it hoped to extend its legal services to electricity and gas producers […]

Weil Gotshal limbers up for all-out assault on City firms

The fourth largest law firm in the US, Weil Gotshal & Manges, is planning to more than triple the size of its London office over the next few years, bringing its strength to about 100 lawyers by the year 2000. The expansion plans are among the most ambitious drawn up by a US firm operating […]

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