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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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Jim Drake and Peter MacDonald Eggers reports on the different types of ADR and the part that the courts play. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to all means of resolving disputes, other than by a decision of the court after a trial, with the assistance of an impartial third party. The essence of ADR is […]

Square Mile

How could any legal practice that wants to attract the young, thrusting professionals of the third millennium stick by a reward system which has the words “lock” and “step” at its heart? What do they suggest to you? Visions of hours behind tightly-locked City doors completing the years necessary to climb each step of a […]

Licensing

Weil Gotshal & Manges advised CeNeS Pharmaceuticals on a development licence agreement with Hertfordshire-based Bioglan Pharma to work on the production of an aerosol inhaler version of a drug to combat pain in post-operative and cancer patients. James Gubbins, pharmaceutical and biotechnology partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges, led the team that represented CeNeS. Norton […]

Cameron McKenna in management change to boost European growth

The firm has elected senior corporate partner Dick Tyler to replace Robert Derry-Evans as managing partner. Derry-Evans takes up the new post of chief executive. A spokesman for Camerons says the firm decided to “beef up” its management to pursue its European and global expansion strategy more aggressively

Pilots fight for property rights

Associated British Ports Holdings (ABPH) is heading for a High Court showdown over property it is alleged to have commandeered and sold in Humberside. The association is being sued by Hull-based association Humber Pilots, which is seeking declarations, court orders and damages in a claim valued at more than £200,000. The pilots, who can date […]

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