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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: Pembridge to address new women's group

Law Society presidential candidate Eileen Pembridge and Leigh Day & Co partner Geraldine McCool will address the first meeting of new national group Young Women Lawyers. The group, which has registered an initial membership of more than 300, will stage the event at Parliament Chamber, Middle Temple, at 7pm on 3 May.

Law Society's civil blueprint

THE LAW Society has called for a single civil court to be established as part of a package of measures designed to speed up and cut the cost of litigation. Other proposals include specialist judges and courts, better disclosure and discovery, “plain English” pleadings and a new Standing Commission that would review civil law procedures. […]

All change as Pannones loses a son but gains a daughter

PANNONE & Partners newest equity partner Neil Gerrard has left the Manchester practice to join rival firm Dibb Lupton Broomhead in the city. Gerrard, who started with Pannones in 1989, took partnership in 1993 and was made up to equity status a year ago. His switch to Dibbs has been negotiated over the past three […]

Property

Pearl Assurance, advised by Brecher & Co, has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Moor House on London Wall for u10m, from Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith.

Euro court rules out fees VAT recovery

A European Court has ruled that VAT on UK corporate lawyers’ fees cannot be recovered. The judgement supports the view of HM Customs & Excise which, since 1989, has meant UK businesses pay 17.5 per cent more for their lawyers than their European counterparts. It was made despite the fact that most continental countries have […]

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