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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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France’s De Pardieu and China’s Allbright enter into cooperation

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Merger mania: who says size matters?

A quarter of a century ago I strode into my first ever partners’ meeting.  The highlight of the meeting was to be a presentation from what in those days passed as law firm consultants. They had done a strategic review of our position in the marketplace and it was with a warm sense of anticipation […]

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Clifford Chance’s Charlton arrested over Hong Kong car crash

Clifford Chance Asia managing partner Peter Charlton was arrested last Thursday following a road accident in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao was first to report the collision, which occurred around midnight on Thursday 9 March. According to Ming Pao, Charlton was driving a Jaguar sports car after having consumed more than three […]

SRA hits back at ‘incompetence’ claims

The SRA has sought to defend claims it is failing to move quickly enough to regulate alternative business structures (ABS), stating it will not compromise a duty of care to rush through applications. It comes as the legal watchdog confirmed it was on the verge of approving six applicant ABS’ – the only firms it […]

Football, the mafia and other thrillers

Manchester City’s land battle with a Red Devil-supporting stubborn landowner has all the hallmarks of David and Goliath. A solicitor in the suburbs versus a QC. A garage boss up against an oil-rich football club backed by the local council. All legal life is here. Although the Blues’ £100m expansion plans have suffered a puncture, […]

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