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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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Fountain Court signs up Bar Council chairman

Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton QC is set to become Fountain Court Chambers new head of chambers, replacing Michael Brindle QC. Dutton, who was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 1998, will assume his new role on 1 October when Brindle’s five-year term ends after standing unopposed. Brindle will remain at […]

Kirkland and Willkie power up for Constellation deal

Kirkland & Ellis and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have snared lead roles on MidAmerican Energy’s $4.7bn (£2.6bn) acquisition of Constellation Energy. A Kirkland team, led by partners George Stamas and Mark Director advised Constellation while Willkie partners Peter Hanlon, Adam Turtletaub and Laurence Weltman advised Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy. Kirkland has an existing relationship with […]

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South East and London hardest hit as law firm redundancy toll rises to 440

Law firms in the South East and London have laid off more staff than those in any other region in England and Wales, with real estate departments bearing the brunt of the impact. Exclusive research carried out by The Lawyer shows that 117 people have been made redundant at firms in the South East – […]

Lawyer dearth sees GCs bag top dollar in UAE

In-house lawyers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being paid more than ever because of a lack of suitable candidates. In-house lawyers in the United ;Arab ;Emirates (UAE) are being paid more than ever because of a lack of suitable candidates. The shortage has prevailed despite the credit crunch causing some expats to look east. A […]

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The court system needs to address the high costs of lower-end commercial disputes if it wants to service the business community effectively. The ;Commercial ;Court’s long trial working party ­recommendations and the development of the business courts at the Rolls Building would ­suggest a bright future for the courts. Despite these positive moves for the […]

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