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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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In brief: WWH responds to its own market survey

Insurance law firm Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave is launching a new London Market Service this week in response to its survey of London market claims managers. The survey revealed that, when choosing lawyers, claims managers valued individual expertise, industry experience and a close working relationship. In response, WWH is moving its London offices to larger premises […]

Salaries spiral as club breaks up

Newly-qualified wages at leading City firms have spiralled upwards this month following a breakdown in salary information sharing between the top firms. Until now, the club or “magic circle” of senior and managing partners from the top firms met regularly and are known to have commissioned surveys on the going salary rates from an accountancy […]

SPG denies links with US

There are no proposals for a joint venture between Solicitors Property Group and First American Title, as suggested in The Lawyer (22 April). However, Solicitors Property Group is always ready to discuss proposals which may be in the interest of its members. Later in the report, you quote First American director Brian Marson as suggesting […]

The price of taking solicitors' time free

The Law Society headquarters at Chancery Lane has its charms and membership has its privileges. The 172-year-old legal institution has the look and aura of a refined gentleman’s club – some councillors have served for almost 20 years, their expenses generously reimbursed throughout that time. But the price they pay is up to six weeks […]

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