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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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The last week’s biggest stories have seen plenty of litigation and news of firm restructures – have a look and share your views. The doings of the magic circle always hold fascination for the legal market, and many are watching closely as Clifford Chance’s new managing partner Matthew Layton, backed up by his replacement as […]

No5 Chambers’ Michael Burrows QC secures conviction in ‘brutal’ murder

No5 Chambers’ Michael Burrows QC has secured the conviction of Patryk Srutkowski, 22, and Pawel Bugajski, 22, who have been found guilty and jailed for life for killing Hama Faraj Noori, 56, at his home in Uppingham Gardens, The Meadows. Mr Noori was found dead at his home by two of his friends on 25 January […]

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Bates Wells Braithwaite mourns former senior partner Stephen Lloyd

Bates Wells Braithwaite has announced the “untimely” death of former senior partner Stephen Lloyd, who was killed on Wednesday (20 August) in a boating accident while on holiday in Wales. Lloyd joined the firm in 1984 as a partner from an in-house role in the insurance industry. He began his career at legacy Freshfields. Formerly […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 17 August 2014

That lawyers are verbose is not exactly earth-shattering news. The default position is to write long sentences without troubling the punctuation keys unduly – or indeed, often at all. But that tendency has just jumped up and bitten one set of legal advisers in a recent High Court action. In Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Ltd […]

No5 Chambers’ Tim Pole prosecutes in HSE v Akram and Inam Hussain

Tim Pole of No5 Chambers has prosecuted in a case that saw two brothers from Stoke-on-Trent handed prison sentences after they exposed at least seven workers to asbestos.  Stafford Crown Court heard that neither A Hussain or I Hussain was qualified or experienced in construction, demolition or refurbishment work and nor were they licensed to remove […]

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