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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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Big hitters join dispute resolution panel

The former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Henry Brooke are among the big hitters that have joined a new panel at the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). These dispute resolution experts join 34 mediators on CEDR’s Solve Direct panel, which allows mediators to be booked directly through […]

Linde raids Johnson & Johnson for new GC

Energy group Linde has hired Christian Rau from Johnson & Johnson to replace outgoing general counsel Nick Deeming. Rau was head of legal for Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Johnson & Johnson, and had also spent time in the company’s US and Brussels offices. Before that, Rau worked in the Berlin and Cologne offices of […]

LeBoeuf makes senior Vinson hire

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has poached Vinson & Elkins energy partner Dirk Walker to beef up its Beijing presence. Walker, who has experience in M&A, project finance and infrastructure development work, has a particular focus on oil and gas work in emerging markets. His addition boosts LeBoeuf’s Beijing partner headcount to two, with Walker […]

Judges told to stick to the day job as mediation pilot fails

The controversial pilot scheme in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) to test whether judges can act as mediators looks doomed to failure after being used just twice during its first year. The judges’ mediation scheme, when launched, was greeted with derision from solicitors, arbitrators and mediators, who described it as a terrible idea and […]

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Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department. •Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department. •US firm Akin […]

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