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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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Law Soc takes case to court of appeal

The Law Society was in the Court of Appeal last week for a hearing into its case against a solicitor whose practice had been closed down after an ‘intervention’. Last summer the Law Society was unsuccessful in defending itself against Anal Sheikh’s appeal into the intervention, and Mr Justice Park ruled that it should be […]

Rivals close in on Gide Loyrette’s govt work

Has Gide Loyrette Nouel lost its grip on work for the French state as it continues its privatisation programme? The firm had advised on the IPOs of Gaz de France (GDF), EDF and the French motorways system, but failed to win the same role as the state carried out a partial privatisation of Aéroports de […]

BLP faces £3m client refund

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) may be forced to pay back up to £3m to long-standing client Alpha Airports for damages claimed to have arisen from the firm’s advice on a £7.5m catering contract with Icelandic charter airline Excel Airways. Alpha had its shares suspended in April until this week and has seen three top executives […]

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Global ANZ review extends panel from nine to 32

Baker & McKenzie and DLA ally Philips Fox have scooped places on the global legal panel of Australian banking giant ANZ along with Australia’s big six. ANZ conducted a wholesale review, expanding its roster of external counsel from nine firms to 32. The new panel includes all of the big six Australian firms: Allens Arthur […]

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