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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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Is there a lawyer in the house?

Investment bank JP Morgan’s in-house legal team has suffered three high-profile departures in five months. Barbara Jones is quitting her post as regional counsel for capital markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Allen Hanen, once the US investment bank’s head of legal for the same region, has also gone. And Jim Wickenden has left […]

DoE awards Dibbs PFI contracts

Dibb Lupton Alsop is masterminding PFI projects for the Department of Education (DoE) in Northern Ireland. The firm has advised the DoE on a PFI-funded school in Dungannon, plus the provision of accommodation and services at a college in Londonderry. Four other PFI projects in the province are in the pipeline, all of which will […]

A&O and KPMG argue over taxman

Confusion surrounds Allen & Overy’s claim that it is poaching two senior tax specialists from Linklaters and big five accountants KPMG. The law firm says accountancy partner and VAT specialist Peter Mendham is joining its practice at the beginning of next year, and senior tax associate Stephen Taylor is joining from Linklaters in November. But […]

Lincoln's Inn faces employment protest

Lincoln’s Inn is facing embarrassment as builders working on a multi-million pound chambers refurbishment threaten action over alleged breaches of employment legislation. Nearly 50 builders working on refits at four, five and six New Square Chambers claim they have not received their holiday entitlement. And they are threatening to chain themselves to railings at Lincoln’s […]

Singaporean firms merge for invasion

Two Singapore firms have merged to form the nation’s second-largest law practice in an attempt to compete with the threat posed by competition from overseas firms. Lawyers from other countries are due to be given the go-ahead to practice Singapore law for financial transactions by linking with local firms. The country’s legal services review committee, […]

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