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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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Halliwell Landau is losing two partners from its Manchester office as it continues to grapple with retention issues. Stephen Hattersley, a partner in insurance litigation, is joining Hill Dickinson only weeks after being made a partner in Halliwells’ latest round of promotions, which were announced in January. John McMahon, a partner in intellectual property (IP), […]

Sullivan & Cromwell expands Australian presence in Sydney

Sullivan & Cromwell is increasing its Australian practice with the opening of a Sydney office. The New York giant was one of the first US firms to open an office in Australia and has had a base in Melbourne since 1983. But it has now decided to increase its coverage with the Sydney expansion. Chairman […]

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OFT investigatory powers prompt Transco to launch regional panel

Transco is setting up a regional panel to deal with the new investigatory powers of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) under the recently introduced Competition Act 1998. Under the act, which was brought into force on 1 March 2000, the director general of the OFT has powers to investigate suspected breaches. Under these powers, […]

Macfarlanes in PFI first with Berwin Leighton

Macfarlanes and Berwin Leighton have signed the first standard form private finance initiative contract in the health sector. It marks a turning point that will speed up negotiations and cut legal fees for future projects. The £60m combined new build and refurbishment project for West Middlesex University Hospital Trust was signed on 30 January. Macfarlanes […]

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