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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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WongPartnership has become the latest Singaporean firm to open an office in Myanmar, as the firm launches a regional strategy. WongPartnership has opened a base in Myanmar’s Yangon, its second in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. The latest opening comes after it entered into Malaysia by forging a strategic alliance with Malaysian […]

Linklaters goes on the prowl in China

Global Law Office and Commerce & Finance may not be two names that you’re familiar with in the legal market. That could all be about to change. Both firms are understood to have had a chat with Linklaters about a potential alliance. The magic circle firm is on the prowl for a new partner in […]

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Wonga to pay out £2.6m after sending debt collection letters from fake firms

The UK’s biggest payday loans company, Wonga, is set to pay £2.6m compensation to about 45,000 customers after sending letters threatening legal action from non-existent law firms. The letters, sent to customers in arrears, were sent under the names ‘Chainey, D’Amato & Shannon’ and ‘Barker and Lowe Legal Recoveries’.  In some instances, Wonga also added […]

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