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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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Reed Smith pushes real estate finance with DLA Piper star

Reed Smith Richards Butler has raided the London office of DLA Piper to boost its real estate finance practice. Terry Green will become a partner in the firm’s European real estate finance team in August, working alongside financial services practice head Nola Beirne and real estate partners such as Paul Johnston and Graham Reid. Reed […]

Halliwells kicks off fraud unit as Keoghs raid lands dedicated team

North West firm Halliwells has scooped a team of fraud specialists from rival firm Keoghs. The team, which is headed by partner Damian Ward, has moved to form Halliwells’ new bespoke fraud unit, which will investigate fraud claims and train claims managers to improve how they detect and investigate fraud claims. Halliwells managing partner Ian […]

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Gibraltar is not only a member of the EU, but the phasing out of its tax-exempt company regime means it now enjoys access to the European Subsidiary Directive. By James Lasry Recent reforms in tax and fund legislation have made Gibraltar a particularly attractive jurisdiction for the incorporation of European private equity and property funds. […]

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