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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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Freeth Cartwright has appointed Ann Critchell-Ward as an associate in its IP and IT team. Critchell-Ward joins from Martineau Johnson, where she worked for eight years. Chelmsford-based firm Wollastons has hired former Olswang lawyer Grace Kerr as a partner in its commercial property department. Kerr has more than 10 years’ experience of mainstream property work. […]

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Speak up or go down

Gavin McCartan is the first solicitor to be jailed by the proceeds of crime legislation. It’s easy to see why the profession might be getting paranoid. Jon Robins reports As solicitors contemplated the mayhem being wreaked by the anti-money laundering regulations at the recent Law Society conference in Birmingham, a Belfast solicitor spent his first […]

MBR&M conflict gifts Nabarros Sloane deal

Nabarro Nathanson advised Sloane Blackfriars Limited on its £170m acquisition of Unilever House after Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) was forced to pass on the instruction because of a conflict of interest. An insider at MBR&M confirmed that Sloane Blackfriars had originally approached the firm regarding the sale and leaseback of the landmark Unilever […]

Liable to change

The face of accessorial liability is changing, but many questions remain unanswered. Bajul Shah reports on Criterion Properties v Stratford UK Properties The landscape of accessorial liability has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Few areas of equitable principles have seen as much judicial development as those governing dishonest assistance – where a defendant […]

Lawrence Graham seals merger with Tite & Lewis

Lawrence Graham seals merger with Tite & Lewis” />Lawrence Graham has completed its merger with Tite & Lewis (T&L), the former law firm of accountancy giant Ernst & Young (E&Y). The five-partner team from T&L is now operating under the Lawrence Graham brand after moving into the firm’s offices at 190 The Strand over the […]

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