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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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Dress codes and discrimination claims

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Former Cobbetts partner launches German boutique

A former partner in Cobbetts’ Birmingham office is launching a boutique firm close to Frankfurt in Germany. Jan Becher was a partner in Cobbetts’ commercial team in Birmingham between 2005 and 2011, running the firm’s German desk (18 January 2005). More recently, he spent a year and a half as corporate counsel at watchmaker Swatch […]

RICS beyond retail — how to reverse the negative trend on the high street

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published an information note entitled ‘High Streets — Beyond Retail’, which looks at the decline of retailing on the high street and in town centres and proposes possible solutions to help reverse the negative trend. The aim of the information note is to provide guidance to surveyors on […]

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Recession still casts its shadow

Remember the depths of the economic gloom back in 2009, when barely a week went by without a law firm announcing big redundancies? Merger activity plummeted, the real estate market ground to a halt and, while there were plenty of predictions of a slew of disputes, there just wasn’t the money around to pay the litigators.  […]

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