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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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Squire Sanders and Mayer Brown have emerged as the biggest fallers in the main table contained in this year’s Global Litigation Top 50 report (9 December 2013), The Lawyer’s exclusive analysis of the world’s top 50 litigation practices by revenue. The US firms slipped seven and nine places respectively in the table, which is ranked by […]

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

By Jeffrey L Hare, Christopher N Steelman and Evan R Minsberg Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) to generally prohibit any banking entity from engaging in […]

Ignore requests to mediate at your peril

In Halsey v Milton Keynes General NHS Trust [2004] EWCA Civ 567, the Court of Appeal held that the court should not compel parties to mediate; however, a refusal to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) could amount to unreasonable conduct and expose a party to cost penalties. The court has taken this principal further […]

Shoosmiths appoints Simon Edwards as partner in its national commercial team

Shoosmiths has hired Simon Edwards to its national commercial team. Edwards brings with him extensive commercial contracts expertise and specific experience in a number of sectors, including automotive, food and drink and facilities management. Joining from Wragge & Co, where he was a senior associate, Edwards specialises in commercial contract work and has been lead […]

No5 Chambers’ Emma Edhem receives recognition from Eduplus in Turkey

No5 Chambers’ Emma Edhem has received an award from Eduplus in Turkey for leadership in her field. The summit was held in Istanbul on 28 November. Previous winners include various high-ranking chief executive officers of major corporations and the head of the Investment Agency for Turkey in the UK. Edhem delivered a speech after receiving […]

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