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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 finds Gay pride The Lawyer loves nothing more than merger talks, so just imagine our delight upon learning that, not content with its impending status as top 10 global monolith, DLA is now turning its attentions to the Antipodes. Amid all the excitement, some DLA partners have been fascinated to learn that their “focus […]

Fulbright & Jaworski raids Richards Butler for UK litigation launch

Houston firm Fulbright & Jaworski is hiring Richards Butler litigation partner Lista Cannon as it prepares to launch a UK litigation practice. Fulbright has had a London outpost for two decades, but Cannon’s hire marks a strategic change in direction. It is understood that Cannon has been tasked to build a disputes practice to complement […]

Legal group gets first COO at Barclays

Barclays has appointed Richard Daniel as the banking giant’s first ever chief operating officer (COO) for legal and compliance. Daniel, the former business risk director of Barclays’ international banking arm, takes up his new post today (1 December). In his new role Daniel will be responsible for managing Barclays’ relationships with external legal advisers and […]

Croatia’s EU hopes ride on judicial reform

Judicial reform is the number one priority for Croatia’s bid to improve its civil, government and business systems to prepare for EU membership, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said in its 2004 Transition Report. The EBRD has highlighted Croatia’s establishment of a Judicial Academy, in cooperation with the Law School of […]

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