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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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Stephenson Harwood joins majority as LLP

Stephenson Harwood partners have approved the firm’s plans to convert to a limited liability partnership (LLP). “A very substantial majority” of partners approved the conversation in a vote yesterday, a spokesperson confirmed, with the City firm now set to become the 49th out of the top 50 UK firms to use the structure (9 March […]

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Three approved in first wave of ABS conversions  To some it seemed a long time coming, but last week the SRA approved the first alternative business structures (ABSs): Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), Oxford-based John Welch & Stammers and Kent-based Lawbridge Solicitors. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly heralded the move as a “big bang” for solicitors […]

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Osborne Clarke repositions as European firm with local mergers

Osborne Clarke is to merge with its Spanish and Italian Alliance partners, Osborne Clarke Spain and SLA Studio Legale Associato, as it dismantles its formal European alliance with the aim of transforming into a standalone European firm. Managing partner Simon Beswick said the firm would loosen its formal alliance with Belgian-based De Wolf & Partners, […]

RPC and Doughty Street seal CoA victory for The Guardian

RPC senior associate Brid Jordan and Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Miller QC have won a major case for The Guardian in the Court of Appeal (CoA), which ruled that the media has a right to see documents used in criminal cases. The Guardian appealed a judicial review ruling given by the Administrative Court that found […]

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