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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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Jan Levinson on sportsmen's personal injury compensation

Jan Levinson is a partner in the commercial disputes resolution unit at the Manchester office of Hammond Suddards. Seven-figure sums compensating personal injury claimants are rare – especially when the individual retains the ability to continue his chosen trade. However, Gordon Watson – a professional footballer at Bradford City, now in the Premier League – […]

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper partner Catherine May is joining niche 14-partner insurance practice Davies Lavery, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Kent. May is joined in the Birmingham office by former Berryman & Co insurance partner Claire McKinney following a split between Berryman & Co and Davies Lavery which have co-operated in running the Birmingham […]

Allen & Overy boosts its European offices

Allen & Overy is relocating three of its London banking partners to boost its Paris and Frankfurt offices. Peter Hockless, banking partner at A&O, set up the firm’s Paris office in 1989 and is returning to join the banking department’s two partners. Heather McCallum and George Link, both banking partners, are moving to A&O’s Frankfurt […]

Husband and wife appeal

The Law Lords are considering whether to give leave for an appeal by husband and wife Lee and Kathleen Montgomery, who were made the subject of a restraint order imposed at the request of the US. The case raises the question of whether the UK courts have the jurisdiction to make such an order. The […]

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Anne McGrath tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Claire Blanchard Essex Court Chambers Called to the Bar : 1992 Professional achievements/associations: Member of COMBAR. Areas of practice: Commercial practice, including shipping, insurance, banking, and employment law. What others say about her: Blanchard […]

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