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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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Russell-Cooke to merge with PI boutique

Personal injury boutique Evill & Coleman is to merge with London solicitors Russell-Cooke. The two firms will merge on 1 March, forming a 30-strong personal injury department based in Putney, in addition to Russell-Cooke’s Bedford Row and Kingston-upon-Thames offices. Evill & Coleman’s expertise ranges from clinical negligence cases to personal injury work, including sporting injuries. […]

Weil forms West Coast disputes practice

Weil Gotshal & Manges is set to attack the California litigation market with the launch of a full-scale disputes practice. Co-head of the firm’s IP and media practice Kenneth Steinthal is relocating to Silicon Valley along with five other litigation specialists. So far, the firm’s West Coast operation, which is led by partner Matt Powers, […]

McGrigors set for group claim against Customs

McGrigors is gearing up to lead a group action against Customs & Excise on behalf of traders who believe that an opinion delivered in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week means they are owed damages. Last Wednesday (16 February), the Advocate-General of the ECJ handed down an opinion, ahead of the ECJ’s final […]

B&M acquires Paul Hastings IP team

Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The team is led by partner Howard Wisnia, and includes associates James Conley, Noel Gillespie, Dave Koo, Christopher Serra and patent agent Lester Anderson. The new group focuses its practice in litigating IP disputes and […]

A truly magical evening

The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. The power of Tulkinghorn was on show last week at the Baftas. Allen & Overy telecoms partner Chris Watson, father of acting star Emma (pictured), who you can see in the Harry Potter films, had obviously been stung by the implication that his […]

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