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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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DLA brings in two partners to boost Singapore office

National firm DLA is strengthening its position in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of two partners to its Singapore office. Shipping and insurance partner Peter Shelford will join from Clyde & Co in Hong Kong and corporate and commercial partner Keith Handley will join from the Singapore office of Coudert Brothers. Both partners […]

Terror at 20,000 feet

Tulkinghorn is well aware that banking partners in the City are not always the gentlest of people, but he was nevertheless shocked to hear of the pure terror one Rowe & Maw partner could inflict. The said partner was taking on a new au pair to look after his young clan and his wife kindly […]

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Like all managers, most notably football managers, HR managers are prone to use the odd cliché. For every football manager who revels in “a game of two halves”, an HR manager somewhere is speaking with apparent sincerity about how “people are the firm’s most important asset”. Despite the collective cringe that follows this pronouncement, many […]

Totally divorced from reason

Last month saw the arrival of new EU divorce rules – Brussels 2 – which, according to many lawyers, could end up promoting break-ups rather than reconciliation. The new law sets out the basis for the jurisdiction in which a divorce will take place. According to Withers family law partner Mark Harper, the main principal […]

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