This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 9th 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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The Financial Report — CSA proposes prospectus amendments; ASIC on use of internet for selling securities; and more

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Business immigration — tips for the unwary

By Helen Burgess For many HR professionals, the responsibility for ensuring that their organisation can continue to employ migrant workers falls squarely at their door. This can prove daunting, especially for those with little or no business immigration experience. So, what are the key matters to be aware of? The tips below will help those […]

Eversheds’ Batham comments on BIS Select Committee report into UK business rates

James Batham, partner and real-estate expert at Eversheds, has commented on the Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Select Committee report into business rates in the UK. Batham said that in its report published on 4 March, the BIS Select Committee has become the latest body to criticise the current business rates system as ‘not fit for purpose’ and has called […]

Case update — performance bonds

The Court of Appeal has reinforced the position that the primary liability to pay under a performance bond is entirely separate from the relationship between the parties to the underlying contract. The case in question was the Court of Appeal hearing of the Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group v Emporiki Bank of Greece [2013] EWCA Civ 1679. The […]

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