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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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Guide by Trowers

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In brief: Tupe ruling could threaten contractors

A key European Court of Justice decision which threatens to plunge local government tendering into uncertainty is expected today (11 March). The court is expected to rule on a recent opinion by Advocate General La Pergola in the Suzen case that a simple changeover of a contract would not fall under the remit of the […]

SFLA splits with its PR consultancy

THE SOLICITORS Family Law Association (SFLA) has discarded its press and parliamentary adviser, Fishburn Hedges. But the group has insisted that its decision not to renew its two-year contract with the agency and revert to handling its media and parliamentary relations internally is not a sign of dissatisfaction with Fishburn Hedges’ performance. SFLA chair Nigel […]

New pensions watchdog to set up law firm panel

The new pensions regulator, Opra, chaired by former Law Society secretary general John Hayes, has appointed a panel of 22 law firms to provide legal back-up for complex investigations. Hayes said the Pensions Act 1995, which set up the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) in the wake of the Robert Maxwell pension scandal, “may raise […]

Merger creates largest Spanish practice

>The reported merger of Arthur Andersen’s Spanish legal arm and premier ranking Spanish firm J&A Garrigues, which is associated with Simmons & Simmons, has been finalised. The Madrid-based firm is discussing its referral agreement with Simmons following the merger agreement to form the “largest firm by far in Spain”. Simmons and Garigues have joint offices […]

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