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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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Travers Smith leads in scramble for telecoms

Travers Smith Braithwaite is advising US company NTL on its u8bn bid forCable & Wireless subsidiary Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC),represented by Linklaters.Telewest, represented by Freshfields, was considered the frontrunner tobuy CWC after bidding u8bn in April.But NTL made its own u8bn bid in June, and last week Cable & Wireless,represented by Allen & Overy, […]

Top movie lawyer quits after landmark victory

The executive vice-president and general counsel of United InternationalPictures (UIP), the worldwide movie distributor, is standing down afterachieving a landmark ruling from the European Commission (EC).US lawyer Brian Reilly, who has been with UIP for eight and a half years,is taking the unusual step of moving to Costa Rica.He will become general counsel of Nueva […]

CC names executive committee

The appointments to Clifford Chance’s new global executive committee havebeen finalised, The Lawyer can reveal.As Rogers & Wells managing partner Larry Cranch revealed to The Lawyerlast week, two of the global practices will be headed by partners from theUS firm. Head of the litigation practice group will be James Benedict,while Bob King will take charge […]

Ince & Co gains Hong Kong partner

Leading City shipping firm Ince & Co is poaching Richards Butler’s partnerin charge of admiralty law in Hong Kong.Harry Hirst is returning to Ince & Co where he worked as an assistant inHong Kong and its London office from 1989 until 1997.Hirst joined Richards Butler in 1997. He will re-join Ince & Co’s HongKong office […]

Jumbo rental firm challenges noise rules

Roger Pearson reports on a jet leasing company’s bid to overturn EuropeanCommission regulations in the High Court.The High Court has paved the way for a legal challenge to new ECregulations aimed at reducing noise and gas emissions from aircraft.Council Regulation (EC) No 925/199 came into force on 8 May this year, butis not due to […]

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