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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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Clydes recruits two partners to Abu Dhabi

Clyde & Co has boosted its Middle East presence with the hire of Islamic insurance (takaful) partner Peter Hodgins. It follows the addition of Abu Dhabi real estate lawyer Scott Aitken to the firm’s partnership. Hodgins joins from DLA Piper, where he helped establish its affiliate offices in Dubai and Riyadh. Aitken will head a […]

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Considering that I am the most notorious expat in Moscow, there’s probably no one better to convey the experience of living in Moscow than I. In short: it’s the kind of place you end up notorious in without doing a thing to merit it. Considering that I am the most notorious expat in Moscow, there’s […]

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Norton Rose to offer four day week to partners

Reduced hours for all employees could save £5m a year in wages and profit payouts Norton Rose to offer four day week to partners” />Norton Rose is encouraging partners to take up part-time working under a radical scheme to offer reduced hours to all staff. Under the plan, which is yet to be approved and […]

Dentons cuts 76 jobs at end of consultation

Denton Wilde Sapte has laid off 76 people after holding a redundancy consultation with a number of departments across its London and Milton Keynes offices. A total of 37 fee-earners have lost their jobs with the remainder of the redundancies affecting the secretarial, IT, telecoms and library departments. The firm’s chief executive Howard Morris said […]

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