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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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Mental patient in High Court bid for liberty

The compulsory detention of patients who have a legal right to their liberty needs to be clarified. Roger Pearson reports. A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a legal challenge over the compulsory detention of mental patients after orders have been made for their discharge. At the same time, Justice Sullivan ordered that […]

Monckton and 4-5 Gray’s Inn set to vote on merger

Monckton Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square are today expected to vote in favour of a full merger just three weeks after starting formal negotiations. The Lawyer understands that both sets will hold full tenancy meetings today (Monday) to vote on whether to push ahead with the merger that would create one of the biggest […]

…as it loses work on Candover deals By Dearbail Jordan

According to figures released by Candover detailing its major deals for last year, Ashursts – one of the venture capitalist’s main firms – failed to act on any transactions. Most of the work went to Clifford Chance and Travers Smith Braithwaite. One industry source says that historically Ashursts could be expected to notch up between […]

Peter Charlton

Peter Charlton is the new managing partner at the London office of Clifford Chance. Sean Farrell meets the softly spoken, yet tough talking northerner whose time has come. Meeting Peter Charlton is a big disappointment. “A Geordie thug who got fed up listening to Iron Maiden and drinking 20 pints a night, who came to […]

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