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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 […]

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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.

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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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  Move of the week McGuire Woods has hired Simon Neilson-Clark as a restructuring and insolvency partner. He was previously a partner at DLA Piper and has 25 years’ experience representing borrowers, lenders and insolvency practitioners in distressed situations involving international structures.   UK London Kingsley Napley has hired Zoë Sive as a private client […]

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Addleshaw Goddard elects John Joyce as managing partner

Addleshaw Goddard has confirmed that head of business support and restructuring John Joyce has been elected managing partner for a term of three years from today (16 May). Joyce ran against former head of real estate Adrian Collins in the election, which kicked off early after incumbent Paul Devitt stood down from the post a […]

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Kennedys responds to HMRC with 30 per cent cash call to FSPs

Kennedys has called on its fixed-share partners (FSPs) to top up their capital contributions to 30 per cent of their salaries in response to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) changes to partnership taxation. Kennedys was one of the first of the top 100 firms to launch a consultation with its partners in response to HM […]

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