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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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Euro court says “non' to aid for Air France

Hammond Suddards and Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are claiming victory for their airline clients in a European court battle with Air France, represented by Paris-based Gide Loyrette Nouel. Hammonds Suddards’ client British Midland and Cleary Gottlieb’s clients – a group of airlines including British Airways, KLM and SAS – claimed the European Commission failed […]

Caroline Cummins on a new statutory right to adjudicate

Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 came into force on 1 May this year. The Act is of importance to the construction industry and to construction lawyers, as it introduces a statutory right to adjudication in construction contracts entered into after 1 May 1998. “Construction contracts” are widely defined – […]

In brief: Oasis signs Briggs

Abu Dhabi leasing company Oasis International Leasing has appointed British Aerospace Asset Management senior legal adviser Paul Briggs as general counsel. Briggs has been a solicitor since 1989.

Ogier & Le Masurier opts for Guernsey

Leading Jersey firm Ogier & Le Masurier has become the first Channel Islands’ practice to set up a branch in neighbouring Guernsey. The firm has set up an associated firm in St Peter Port, which will be headed by local advocate Roger Le Tissier. Le Tissier joins from Guernsey International Fund Managers, a subsidiary of […]

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