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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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Alcoa appoints Fried Frank partner as chief legal officer

US aluminium group Alcoa has appointed Audrey Strauss as its new chief legal officer, succeeding retiring incumbent Kurt Waldo. Strauss will join Alcoa from the New York office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson, where she is currently a senior litigation partner. She will assume her new role on 1 May and will also […]

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Research for The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the top 100 European law firms finally came to an end last week as the last few questionnaire responses trickled in from firms around the Continent and, as ever, the exercise brought with it a fair amount of frustration. A comfortable majority, now used to the odd Anglo-Saxon […]

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So what first attracted you to that incredibly well-paying job at a US firm? US firms have never traded much on being a lifestyle choice – not when they can simply pay so much more for their London associates than their City peers. But when we surveyed associates at international firms to find out more […]

Taylor Hampton advises as NightJack launches action against The Times

Taylor Hampton partner Mark Lewis and consultant Patrick Daulby are representing hacked NightJack blogger Detective Constable Richard Horton in legal action against The Times. The Lawyer understands Horton, who works for Lancashire Police, has filed a legal claim against the publisher of the newspaper after a reporter illegally accessed his email account to reveal his […]

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