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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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Three from Europe: enhanced regulation for cross-border workers; beefed-up measures to protect trade secrets; and a ruling on Austrian bread rolls Nearly 20 years ago, Brussels legislative boffins gave us the Posted Workers Directive, which to the uninitiated sounds like a law requiring businesses to parcel up in brown paper wrapping a minimum number of […]

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News last week from Clifford Chance that seven of its 21 newly appointed partners were sat in Asia once again showed leading UK firms looking East for its then next batch of partners. Clifford Chance had the largest promotions round in the region of all the magic circle with Linklaters making up six out of […]

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Freshfields appoints Marchant to replace Long as City corporate chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Simon Marchant and Simon Priddis as its new corporate and competition heads. Marchant today (1 May) replaces former corporate chief Julian Long, who is stepping down to take up the new role of Freshfields’ London managing partner (4 March 2014). Meanwhile, Priddis is succeeding competition head Rod Carlton who has […]

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