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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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Bingham benefits from latest Asahi departure

Bingham McCutchen has strengthened its global restructuring and insolvency capabilities with the addition of antitrust specialist Hiroshi Iyori from Asahi Law Offices. The hire comes just months before Bingham McCutchen will formally launch its merger with Japanese insolvency specialists, New Tokyo International. Bigham McCutchen New York-based corporate partner Satoru Murase commented: “This hire and our […]

Litigation: Hearing aid

Solicitors must be given greater freedom to take their clients’ cases all the way to the High Court. By Simon Davis Restrictions are unreasonably imposed on the freedom of clients to choose a solicitor to act as their advocate in court. Those restrictions should be removed. A litigation solicitor can appear at employment tribunals where […]

Floored thinking

Crowing about its new London office opposite St Paul’s, a recent press release from Morgan Lewis & Bockius said that the new space in Condor House “has been designed to be both energy and environmentally efficient, with over 75 per cent of waste building material recycled and all deliveries to the building measured for CO2 […]

DMH seals home win for Seagulls

Much of Britain might be under water at present, but on the South Coast a little ray of sunshine has crept through the clouds. Much of Britain might be under water at present, but on the South Coast a little ray of sunshine has crept through the clouds. DMH Stallard has helped find a new […]

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