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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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RAF lawyer Michaela Strowger argues that the armed services offer unparalleled career development The RAF Legal Branch offers an interesting alternative career path to solicitors looking to get out of the rat race by providing access to more unusual on-the-job training and further education. Where else do you have the opportunity to learn about weaponry, […]

Cleary calls time on its Japanese outpost

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has shut down its underperforming Tokyo office, bringing to an end the US firm’s 18-year local presence in Japan. The one partner, five fee-earner office closed officially at the end of April. All of the firm’s lawyers have left, with 56-year-old corporate partner Tsunemasa Terai retiring from Cleary to focus […]

Legal Services team braced for compulsory redundancies as RAC outsources solicitors

The RAC is dramatically slashing its Bristol-based Legal Services division in a move that affects 90 lawyers and staff. An ongoing review has resulted in the decision to outsource the division’s solicitors’ practice, which employs 46 lawyers and staff, as well as the 34-strong Uninsured Loss Recovery team. The employees concerned, who were informed of the decision […]

Kennedys launches in Sydney and Dubai

Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for an insurance team as it launches new offices in both Sydney and Dubai. A team of four partners and nearly 20 associates will shortly join Kennedys from Minter Ellison in Sydney. Meanwhile, the firm has obtained a licence to practise in Dubai, opening its office there last […]

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