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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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Homing in on home working

Home working is now more popular, and freelance lawyers are a flexible option. By James Knight In January this year, a ‘You Work’ survey reported that 34 per cent of executives now work at least part of the time at home. Respondents to the survey cited email technology and generally woeful public transport systems as […]

Gibson Dunn makes push in Brussels

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its embryonic Brussels presence taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened its Brussels practice a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

Lovells accused of ‘drafting witness statements’ as Villalba draws to close

Counsel for Stephanie Villalba, the former investment banker suing Merrill Lynch in a record £7.5m discrimination claim, last week made a closing statement alleging the bank’s law firm Lovells had “centrally drafted” witness statements. Dinah Rose of Blackstone Chambers, instructed by Lewis Silkin, told the employment tribunal in Croydon that there was “strong evidence” that […]

Tack is the new black

Move over, London. Milton Keynes is the UK’s new fashion capital. Well, at least it is in the eyes of Addleshaw Goddard’s technology, media and IP group. At a recent retreat (held in the Midlands concrete cow capital) partners and assistants strutted their stuff during a glitzy catwalk show. As part of the unusual bonding […]

Norton Rose in Falklands’ first AIM float

Norton Rose has advised on what is believed to be the first Falkland Islands company’s admission to AIM. Corporate finance partner Simon Cox led the team advising Falkland Islands Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL) on the innovative admission. The firm was asked to tender and the transaction took place during August and September. FOGL’s shares […]

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