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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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State of emergency

As medical negligence payouts spiral out of control, the NHS is facing an onslaught of claims. Claire Smith examines the role of the lawyers trying to protect the NHS from the claims. Just like hamburgers and Jerry Springer, the compensation culture is crossing the pond. The £4.5m award made last week to a boy left […]

Chambers' dilemna

At last someone has said it. Chambers need to grasp the nettle and look for a modern business structure and model if they are to fight off competition from the solicitors. The merger madness engulfing the bar shows that some sets are desperately seeking alternatives to traditional methods of practice. Specialist groups are essential, but […]

UK firms go for US-style bonuses to keep lawyers

Lawyers may claim not to be in it for the money but no-one would suggest that salaries do not matter at all. The astronomical salaries and meritocratic pay systems on offer at US firms have been a persistent lure for high-flying associates and young Turks from UK firms. And with no sign of such temptations […]

…and poaches Madrid high flier

Clifford Chance has poached one of the Spanish government’s high fliers to boost its public law practice in Madrid. Pablo Mayor Menendez, 35, moves from the ministry of development where he was technical secretary general. Menendez was responsible for a legislative programme for the state infrastructure reform in areas such as construction, civil aviation, energy, […]

A&O risks losing client as it fields takeover bid

Allen & Overy is trying to retain its long-term client Bristol United Press (BUP) as the company undergoes a multimillion pound takeover. A&O, which has represented BUP since 1991, is currently fielding a £121.5m offer from Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT), which is being advised by Freshfields. Julian Long, corporate partner at Freshfields, is […]

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