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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 Firm

Minutes of a recent meeting at The Firm between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson, Big Tosh from security and some overseas guests. Pratchard: You know me, Tom. I have a strategic vision for The Firm which has seen us through this far. We copy what all the other firms are doing. If it’s good enough for […]

Rugby row set for kick-off

A challenge over the decision of those responsible for administration of first division rugby to reduce the number of first division clubs from 14 to 12 is to be heard in the High Court on 26 August. The challenge has been mounted by Rotherham Rugby Union FC and the managers of second division rugby. Rotherham […]

Gilbert's risky strategy

Paul Gilbert was poached from a booming plc to a struggling insurance house because, he says, he is seeking a new challenge. And from his new in-house role he is warning firms that they must start proving their worth. The former head of legal at Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G) was appointed company secretary and head […]

Dickinson Dees poaches Arthur Andersen team

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has poached a senior financial planning team from Arthur Andersen to bolster its private client practice. The move has forced the top five accountant to review its regional management structure. The five-strong team will join Dickinson Dees’ private client practice. It is led by David Dale, who headed Andersen’s financial planning […]

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