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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 […]

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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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Exercising a contractual discretion and the obligation to act in good faith

When parties agree to include discretionary rights in their agreement, one party will have the right to determine the outcome of some matter in prescribed circumstances. It is well established, however, that the courts have sought to influence the operation of discretionary provisions by imposing obligations of good faith on commercial players in certain situations. […]

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Ever since the Foreign Investment Law of 2012 Myanmar has become one of the most attractive jurisdictions in Asia from the point of view of international law firms. The biggest challenge, though, is to find decent office space in Yangon. In-house interview with Ooredoo Asia GC: Myanmar calling Unhelpful laws in Myanmar Myanmar: the wait […]

No5 Chambers’ Timothy Jones submits report on Neighbourhood Development Plan

No5 Chambers’ Timothy Jones was the examiner in the Cringleford Neighbourhood Plan. He has now carried out the examination, including a public hearing, and submitted a report. He commented in his report on Cringleford Parish Council’s approach to consultation, saying: ‘The consultation was significantly more than required by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. I am […]

When to stay and when to go? Court of Appeal recasts Glaxo guidelines in HTC appeal

The Court of Appeal has given judgment in the ‘stay’ application in the long-running patent dispute between IPCom and HTC. HTC had appealed the High Court’s refusal to stay the proceedings, and the appeal concerned the circumstances in which it is appropriate for an English court considering combined patent infringement and revocation proceedings to grant […]

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