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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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Wilsons hire boosts charities capability

Salisbury firm Wilsons has appointed Alison McKenna, barrister and former assistant commissioner at the Charity Commission, to join the firm as head of its charities practice. The hire will enable Wilsons to offer specialist advice on Charity Commission inquiries and review visits. It plans to offer charities a new health check service.

Blood oaths

The eyes of airlines, passengers and lawyers alike are on a number of test cases concerned with whether flying has caused deep vein thrombosis. Sally Roberts reports On 31 January 2002, a group of airline travellers claiming to have suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after flying was given the all-clear to proceed with its […]

ABA opens billable hours investigation

The American Bar Association (ABA) has launched an investigation into billable hours The investigation stems from concerns that the pressures of meeting billing targets are affecting the well-being of lawyers. Reports have suggested that pro bono participation is down because lawyers in large firms have little time for voluntary work. As salaries rise, so do […]

Deals summary

Stephenson Harwood (David Cuckson) advised the Newmount consortium on a £22m schools PFI project with Dudley Council. Devonshires (Paul Buckland) advised the council. Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Kate Peacock) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland, which financed the consortium. Maxwell Batley (Orla Sullivan) advised Hermes Property Asset Management on the sale of a freehold retail block […]

Bevan Ashford handed Equitable assessor role

A team of Bevan Ashford mediators is gearing up for its first round of cases involving Equitable Life, after it was appointed as an independent assessor for disputes between the troubled mutual and its policyholders The innovative scheme is aimed principally at those policyholders who took out guaranteed annuity rate policies and who are now […]

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