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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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London firm Sharpe Pritchard is holding a conference on Tupe and the Acquired Rights Directive on 30 September. The conference, to be held at the New Connaught Rooms, will address a range of issues including in what circumstances Tupe now applies and pensions. Stuart Isaacs QC, Mr Justice Mummery, president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, […]

Demands on laundering

Denton Hall is calling for the Government to be “more proactive and imaginative” in its initiatives to prevent money laundering. Partner Robert Finney claims implementation of EC money laundering legislation imposes an unfair burden on the City and financial businesses. At a seminar last week, he said that money laundering provisions extend the duty to […]

Bar wants to play on level fields

There are two thrusts to the bundle of recommendations from Lord Alexander’s committee on standards at the Bar. The first is the proposed complaints and compensation system to meet the needs of the public and follow the promptings of the legal ombudsman and the Royal Commission. More public tribunals will be welcome. That the Bar […]

Flotations

VCI was advised by Norton Rose in its flotation by way of a placing and intermediaries offer which capitalised the company at u58.3m.

CASE STUDY: DIBBS

Dibb Lupton Broomhead is not a firm which does things by halves. Less concerned with making friends than with making profits, the firm’s approach to a new market might be expected to be loud and proud. That’s certainly what happened in Manchester. Top firms in the city bristle at the mention of Dibbs, and mutter […]

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