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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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Blackstone hires ECJ judge for arbitration push

Former European Court of Justice judge Sir David Edward QC has joined Blackstone Chambers as a full-time tenant.He will focus on arbitration and mediation, bolstering the set’s growing ADR expertise. In 2002, Blackstone tenant and former head Presiley Baxendale QC became a full-time mediator. Edward’s appointment follows the election of Ian Mill QC and Thomas […]

New EU rights watchdog launched

The European Commission has launched a public consultation exercise on plans to create a European Union (EU) watchdog ensuring that all significant legal rights available to EU citizens are respected. This Fundamental Rights Agency would replace the Vienna-based EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, taking over its existing mandate. EU heads of governments have […]

DCA targets legal aid in asylum cases with new consultation

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is launching a six-week consultation into proposed new legal aid arrangements for asylum seekers. Under a new appeals system coming into force in April next year, asylum seekers will be able to challenge decisions of the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal (AIT) in the High Court if they believe an […]

Doughty Street Chambers scoops pro bono award

Doughty Street Chambers’ Andrew Hall QC has scooped this year’s Bar Pro Bono Award. Hall has spearheaded a drive to promote legal training and develop resources in Eastern and Central Africa, coordinating the efforts of the Bar Council, the British Council and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The initiative has brought legal books, provided by […]

Herbert Smith scoops Deutsche securitisation

Herbert Smith has landed its first securitisation for Deu-tsche Bank after triumphing in a competitive tender. The firm nudged out Deutsche’s regular advisers on securitisations – understood to include Clifford Chance and Linklaters – to act for Deutsche and JPMorgan Securities as lead managers on the issue of £1bn of notes by Paragon Mortgages. As […]

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