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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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Exchange Chambers pioneers litigation funding

Northern set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to move into the litigation funding market through a tie-up with legal insurance broker Maxima – with both clerks and barristers expected to encourage take-up among clients. Chief executive Tom Handley said the members fully endorsed the association. “We see it as a way forward […]

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Bureaucracy-busters offer all-round value

Competition teams are vital to companies of all types, as The Lawyer Awards 2011 shortlist shows, says Joshua Freedman That the red tape-cutters of the competition and regulatory world are among the most valuable of all lawyers is hardly news. But the list of nominees for Competition/ Regulatory Team of the Year for The Lawyer […]

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On the move

Liverpool-headquarted insurance ­specialist Silverbeck Rymer has boosted its team with the appointment of Robert Fielding as its first-ever managing director.  Move of the week He joins from Mobile Doctors, a provider ­of ­medico-legal reports for personal injury claims, where he was commercial director. Fielding has worked in the healthcare and insurance sectors for employers […]

Firestone boss runs Moscow practice from London as partner death probed

The managing partner of a US law firm in Russia is being forced to run his firm from London after continuing to speak out against the authorities he believes are responsible for his former partner’s death. The managing partner of a US law firm in Russia is being forced to run his firm from London […]

Ex-Ashurst partner Kendall becomes CEO at investment house

Former Ashurst finance partner Richard Kendall has been appointed CEO of Glendevon King Asset Management (GKAM). Kendall joined GKAM in February 2010 as general counsel and later director of the fixed income boutique based in London, Guernsey and Luxembourg. He will continue to take responsibility for the company’s legal side as part of the central […]

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