This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 2nd March 2014

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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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Once due under an on-demand bond, always due

Wragge & Co last reported on Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group Co Ltd v Emporiki Bank of Greece SA in April 2013. The dispute related to a shipbuilding contract where the bank guaranteed the payment obligations of its customer, the buyer, to the claimant seller under the contract. There was a dispute as to whether a payment instalment […]

DLA Piper adds three lawyers from BLP to its real-estate team

DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright to its real-estate team. The three partners join the firm from BLP. Hopkinson-Woolley has a broad-ranging commercial real-estate practice and advises clients from international investors and developers, banks and real-estate funds to small private property companies and high-net-worth individuals. He has experience in relation […]

Failure to pay ICC advance on costs is not fatal

Defendants in arbitration proceedings are often reluctant to pay their share of the advance on costs ordered by the arbitral institution. The temptation not to pay and to force the claimant to choose between paying the defendant’s share or letting the arbitration grind to a halt can be a strong one, especially if the health […]

Dewey and Barclays relationship to be examined in court

It was the biggest law firm collapse of all time but the fallout from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s insolvency is only set to intensify. Barclays’ attempt to avoid a full trial over its relationship with the firm was defeated at the High Court in February. Now the bank will have to face the former partners who […]

Camp unveils major tax reform plan

By Evan M Migdail and Bruce Thompson House Ways and Means committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) has unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Released as draft legislation, the Camp proposal calls for the most fundamental reform of the tax code in 27 years. Upon releasing the plan, Camp said his reforms would make the tax […]

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