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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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Kendalls attacks Land Securities building plans

Kendall Freeman is fighting for its right to light as former client Land Securities proposes to build an 18-storey building in Fetter Lane. The firm has filed an application for an injunction to prevent Land Securities from going ahead with the planned 691,000sq ft office building, which is due to be built directly opposite Kendall […]

B&M saves £250K on toilet roll

Baker & McKenzie’s (B&M) London office has saved itself almost £250,000 on notepaper and toilet roll. The firm paid a fee of around a tenth of that to procurement specialist Amethyst, which is in the midst of a programme to streamline B&M’s procurement expenses. B&M’s stationery and cleaning contracts were the first to be targeted […]

Freshfields rejected as SWIP opts for Dundas

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been cast aside by longstanding client Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) on the development of a new landmark property trust in favour of Dundas & Wilson. The Scottish firm won a tender for the establishment of the £630m property unit trust – one of the first of its kind in the […]

Settlement reached on Tesco’s property row with BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has settled out of court with one of its biggest clients Tesco after a dispute about the firm’s handling of a property deal. The matter was handled mainly by both parties’ insurers. The case has been settled for a small sum believed to be far less than the £1m claimed by […]

Firm profile: Winter Scott

Few firms have set up as easily as Winter Scott did in January 2004. All but one of its fee-earners – ship finance partner Jeff Morgan, who has just joined the firm from Stephenson Harwood – did not even have to move to new offices. They simply stayed at their old desks at 19-21 Great […]

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