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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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The UK’s richest solicitor last week appeared before a Merseyside magistrate charged with actual bodily harm of a policeman. Andrew Nulty, senior partner of Warrington-based Avalon Solicitors, who made £13m last year, appeared before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday (29 August) charged with assaulting a police officer. The court confirmed that Nulty was charged […]

Lehman Brothers raids GE for MD

Lehman Brothers has hired General Electric (GE) senior lawyer Elizabeth Lee for the newly created role of managing director and general counsel for Europe. Lee spent 11 years at GE and was global general counsel in the consumer finance division at the time of her departure. She will be responsible for Lehman’s European corporate advisory […]

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Baker & McKenzie has become embroiled in a political debate after pocketing A$1.6m (£640,000) in legal fees for advising the Australian government on its aborted privatisation of the Snowy Hydro scheme. The US-headquartered firm, which has offices in Sydney and Melbourne, advised the New South Wales (NSW) state government on the proposed sale of Snowy […]

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