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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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For argument’s sake

Settling family disputes through mediation is growing in popularity, but more can still be done. Lisa Parkinson reports One of the main objectives of Lord Woolf’s reform of civil procedure in 1998 was to encourage parties to settle disputes without litigation. The Court of Appeal emphasised in two recent cases that courts have a duty […]

Two new partners bolster BLP real estate

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has bolstered its real estate practice with the appointment of two new partners. Catherine Cook, a specialist in commercial real estate work, joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she was a senior associate, while Graham Lloyd-Brunt, a specialist in large-scale property development and PPP projects, joins from Norton Rose where he […]

Sumitomo trial settles

The Sumitomo fraud trial – one of the country’s longest-running civil cases – settled yesterday after just two weeks in court. Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation had been claiming that Crédit Lyonnais Rouse (CLR), a subsidiary of French bank Crédit Lyonnais, had dishonestly assisted convicted fraudster Yasuo Hamanaka, in the last part of a saga stretching back […]

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Everybody wants to go global these days. It’s not enough to be top of your game in one place, you’ve got to be everywhere. International. So it’s appropriate that Liverpool FC’s new Spanish manager, Rafael Benitez, late of Valencia, doubles as the managing partner of expansionist Channel Islands firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune. The […]

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