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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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Finance star Gillespie quits A&O for Kirkland

Leading Allen & Overy banking partner Stephen Gillespie has resigned from the magic circle firm to join Kirkland & Ellis. Gillespie, one of the best-known leveraged finance lawyers of his generation, has been a senior figure within A&O’s banking practice and had been nominated as its strategy development partner following a management rejig two years […]

Latham aids Barbados in flying fish hostilities

Latham & Watkins has helped Barbados safeguard the future of its national delicacy, flying fish, with a landmark arbitration deciding fishing boundaries between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Public law head Robert Volterra acted for the Barbadian government, working with the Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley QC, in proceedings initiated in 2004. Barbados and Trinidad […]

Awards judges revealed

The Lawyer today unveils another stellar cast of judges to adjudicate The Law-yer Awards 2006, the premier event in the legal calendar. Joining The Lawyer‘s editorial team are former Lord Chief Justice and Blackstone Chambers arbitrator Lord Woolf, who will draw on years of experience at the bench in his role on the advisory panel. […]

Co-op prepares to launch post-Clementi law firm

The Co-operative Group is to become the first non-legal organisation to take advantage of forthcoming reforms by launching legal services for its members. The Co-op is bringing on board former RAC Legal Services managing director Eddie Ryan to run the new venture. It will offer services such as conveyancing, will writing, probate and accident management […]

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