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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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Footballer Anelka turns to Blackstone Chambers’ Saini for disciplinary tribunal

Blackstone Chambers’ Pushpinder Saini QC will represent West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka at a disciplinary tribunal into his alleged anti-Semitic ‘quenelle’ salute later today. Saini will lead Tom Mountford also of Blackstone Chambers having been instructed by Brown Rudnick partner Neil Micklethwaite for the footballer. The Football Association (FA) has instructed New Park Court Chambers’ […]

Court of Appeal takes significant step in sentencing large companies

By Andrew Tatlock The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has given judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received. The precedent this sets will have far-reaching consequences in future for those residential developers and construction companies who fall foul of health and safety or environmental regulations. The court […]

MOFCOM publishes criteria for a simplified merger review

By Jingwen Zhu On 11 February 2014, China’s merger review regulator, Antimonopoly Bureau at the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), published criteria for a simplified merger review, the Interim Rules on Application Criteria of a Simplified Review, which came into effect the next day. The criteria include three market-share-based thresholds and three categories of transactions (i.e. […]

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