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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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South-East Asia: flavour of the month

Local ASEAN firms are expanding, while the internationals also want a taste of the action promised by the planned regional economic union As global investors diversify away from its northern neighbour China, the South-East Asia market is the new favourite. Fuelled by increasing foreign investment and a promising single economic community proposed by the Association […]

European supervisory authorities funding proposal ‘not unexpected’, says Eversheds

Andrew Henderson, partner and regulation expert at Eversheds, has commented on news that the European Union’s (EU’s) markets, banking and insurance watchdogs could be funded from a direct levy on the sector. He said: ‘This proposal is not unexpected. Recent EU measures such as MiFID 2 and PRIIPS have enhanced the authorisation and supervision powers […]

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Bird & Bird pushes revenues up 4 per cent to £259m

Bird & Bird has posted a revenue rise of 4 per cent from £249m to £259m but has indicated that net profit will be down on the £47.5m reported at the 2012/13 year end. It comes after an expansive year at the firm, which has seen it push for growth in the Asia Pacific region. […]

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