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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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Troutman Sanders to attack Euro energy work from City

Atlanta firm Troutman Sanders is opening an office in London to target European energy work.`The 500-lawyer firm, which has offices throughout the south east of the US and in Hong Kong, is a full service corporate firm with a focus on energy.`It will fly in two US partners to launch the practice and plans to […]

The good life

As always, Tulkinghorn gets all the exclusives. The legal world may be aware that Paul Rhodes, Hammonds Suddards Edge’s highly-rated head of national insolvency and corporate recovery, is retiring, but does it know why?`Once again, Tulkinghorn has sniffed out the answer. After doorstepping Rhodes for weeks, he confessed the truth to Tulkinghorn: “I want to […]

Salary levels for uk lawyers

UK City rates (£000’s) Premium UK rates (£000’s) Mid-Atlantic rates (£000’s) New York rates (£000’s)`- paid by 16 per cent of US firms in London – paid by 12 per cent of US firms in London – paid by 34 per cent of US firms in London – paid by 38 per cent of US […]

Reforming the classes

In February 2001, the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) issued a consultation paper called ‘Representative Claims: Proposed New Procedures’. The proposal has been issued in line with the Government’s aim to improve access to justice.`In private law cases, claimants must show that they have a legal right that they are seeking to enforce. But in public […]

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Littleton Chambers’ QC John Bowers has been elected as the new chair of the Employment Law Bar Association. He takes over from David Bean QC of Matrix Chambers.

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