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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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Clifford Chance death row appeal flounders

The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Clifford Chance on behalf of America’s longest-serving death row inmate, Jack Alderman. The firm had argued that Alderman, convicted in 1974 for the murder of his wife, was the victim of ineffective counselling in his original trial. Alderman has consistently maintained his innocence. Clifford Chance partner […]

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Ireland’s Single Electricity Market is leading the way in cross-border cooperation. By John Kettle and Emma Keavney On 3 July 2007, the first parties signed up to unique contractual trading arrangements for the Irish Single Electricity Market (SEM). What makes this special is that the SEM forms part of the All Island Project, representing the […]

BLG litigation star defects to Mayer Brown

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Internet domain operator ups dispute personnel

Nominet, the operator of the .uk internet domain, is looking for 10 IP and internet specialists to join its dispute resolution panel as it looks to cope with the growing number of domain name disputes. The experts will act as judges on domain name disputes. Nominet senior legal counsel Nick Wenban Smith said: “It’s four […]

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