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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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McGrigors expands employment group

McGrigor Donald has poached Wright Johnston & MacKenzie’s Stuart Neilson to become a partner in the firm’s expanding employment unit. Neilson, who is now based in McGrigor Donald’s Glasgow office, specialises in all aspects of employment law. He has over 10 years experience in employment law, advising on dismissals, TUPE, reorganisation, change management and discrimination. […]

Panama Canal lawyer joins Akin Gump

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Washington DC office is taking on the outgoing deputy administrator of the Panama Canal Commission. Joseph Cornelison is joining the firm as senior counsel to advise clients on business opportunities in Latin America, with the emphasis on Panama. He will also advise on maritime law, infrastructure development, […]

Clifford Chance now world’s biggest law firm after adding 72 partners…

Clifford Chance‘s international offices are being bolstered by a record number of partnership promotions. The global giant has appointed 72 new partners, 39 more than last year. It now has 630 partners, making it the largest law firm in the world. Clifford Chance’s nearest rival, Baker & McKenzie, has 582 partners. Its internal promotions are […]

Scuffle of the week

Police sealed off the old court building in Santiago on Wednesday and traffic ground to a halt as clashes broke out in the Chilean capital between supporters and opposers of Augusto Pinochet when the hearing began to determine whether the former dictator would be stripped of his immunity to stand trial on human rights charges. […]

Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

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