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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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Now that the time to start inputting data for the major legal directories has come round again (for most of us, at any rate) there again will be discussion as to whether alternative risk transfer (ART) has matured sufficiently to be an independent practice area in the directories. ART is undoubtedly developing, but it has […]

REAL ESTATE AND PROJECTS

Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust signs £30m investment deal with project company Hull Maternity Development and facilities provider Dresdner Kleinwort Benson to create new maternity and gynaecology unit. Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust advised by Pinsent Curtis (Michael Boyd, Ingrid Hoffbauer, Dean Larder, John Cleland and Gareth Jones). Hull Maternity Development advised […]

Technology, Media and Telecoms

Convergence Holdings completes share placing on AIM. Issuer advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett. Nominated adviser and broker Investec Henderson Crosthwaite advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse (Anthony Brockbank).

ICL turns to Barlow Lyde

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is to join the ranks of Masons and Linklaters & Alliance as core adviser to IT giant ICL. The Fujitsu-owned company does not have a formal panel, but it does have extremely close and longstanding relationships with Masons and Linklaters. Linklaters usually acts as ICL’s corporate and M&A adviser, with Masons […]

Lister sets up planning group at 11 New Sq

The new practice director at 11 New Square John Lister has established a specialist planning and public law group in response to the Administrative Court and the Human Rights Act. The former director at Clarendon Chambers was prompted to move to 11 New Square last September after the merger of 11 Bolt Court and 7 […]

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