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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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As the UK and Ireland legal director for recently merged drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, Claude Bahoshy is one in-house lawyer who knows what it is to be called to the bar. It sounds like one of those ideal jobs in the law. Being the UK and Ireland legal director for Anheuser-Busch InBev gives you responsibility […]

Simmons bulks up Middle East offering with two more partners

Simmons & Simmons has continued to invest in its Middle East practice by sending two finance ­partners to Dubai, including Philip Abbott, who will head the regional finance team. Simmons & Simmons has continued to invest in its Middle ;East ;practice by sending two finance ­partners to Dubai, including Philip Abbott, who will head the regional finance […]

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SJ Berwin litigation partner found dead

Staff at SJ Berwin are mourning the death of litigation partner Catherine Bailey, whose body was found in the Thames on Saturday. Bailey had been missing since Friday evening and Hackney Police issued an appeal for information on her whereabouts on Saturday January 10 at 10.30am. Her body was discovered several hours later in the […]

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Can LPC providers justify such high fees?

It’s that time of year again, final year law students hurriedly sending their forms to the Central Applications Board to guarantee a place on the Legal Practice Course (LPC)…Course providers fighting for your attention (and your cash) with flashy advertising and shiny brochures…. How will you choose your provider? Location? Reputation? Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) […]

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