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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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Scuffle of the week

The US Justice Department and the tobacco companies. President Clinton is launching a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against cigarette firms to try to recover medical costs incurred as a result of smoking-related diseases. US Attorney General Janet Reno says the US taxpayer should no longer bear the estimated £13bn medical cost. Cigarette companies are labelling the […]

Keating wins damages from local paper

Law Society presidential candidate David Keating has received “substantial damages” and a front page apology from a local newspaper over comments made by society president Robert Sayer. As first reported in The Lawyer (7 June), Sayer, during this summer’s presidential election campaign, branded Keating “a complete pillock” who “falls asleep in council meetings” – allegations […]

UK in-house counsel salaries four times Euro counterparts

US multinationals are on a hiring spree but many UK lawyers may be pricing themselves out of the in-house European market, according to a new survey out last week. Figures collated by an international recruitment consultancy show that for companies to recruit a UK lawyer they must pay up to four times the salary of […]

Quote of the week

“I will personally give a bottle of champagne to anyone who can tell me how a driver can proceed with his feet up in the cab and still be in control of the train. It is a ridiculous suggestion.” – Anthony Scrivener QC, who is representing driver Larry Harrison (who denies driving with his feet […]

Property

CMS Cameron McKenna acted for Lloyds TSB in the development of the Sofitel Hotel. The deal involved the redevelopment of the former Lloyds Bank Building in SW1. The Sofitel chain is part of the French-owned Accor Group, which owns the Novotel and Ibis hotel chains. Edward Benzecry, property partner at Cameron McKenna, acted for Lloyds […]

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