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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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Mills & Reeve poaches rival

Taylor Vinters’ senior partner is joining rival Cambridge firm Mills & Reeve. Herbert Robinson leaves Taylor Vinters after nearly 30 years with the firm and one of its predecessors, Taylors of Newmarket. He will join Mills & Reeve as a partner in the commercial property group. He follows his wife, Isabel Napper, who left Taylor […]

City duo boosts Osborne Clarke's property team

Osborne Clarke has poached two commercial property specialists from City firms Cameron McKenna and Nicholson Graham & Jones. Camerons has lost partner Charles Gait from its commercial property department to Osborne Clarke, while property finance specialist Nadine Strahl has joined the firm from Nicholson Graham & Jones. An Osborne Clarke source told The Lawyer that […]

Making good news out of bad

The entire tax department of a large City firm has walked out to join a rival. The head of department took the team largely because he hated the senior partner and is not afraid of telling people so. Journalists are on to the story and will soon be calling. Advise the firm’s managing partner on […]

New law protects transsexuals in the workplace

Workplace discrimination against transsexuals has been outlawed in the UK for the first time, as the Government moves to catch up with European law. The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations, which have gone through Parliament this month and come into force in May, aim to prevent discrimination against those who have had sex change operations […]

In brief: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has announced the internal appointment of five new partners. Graham Defries and Nick Perry become partners in the firm’s communications group, Brett Israel in the banking group, and Jane Multimear and Katharine Stephens in the intellectual property group.

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