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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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Axa suspends Berrymans and Kennedys for protocol breach

Berrymans’ London office and Kennedys’ Brentwood branch were suspended after an audit found that the two firms failed to comply with certain protocols set out by Axa for panel firms that handle high volume insurance litigation claims. The firm’s offices are also not allowed to deal with agency work – new claims which have been […]

Overhaul planned to avoid Pach collapse

The Bar Council’s pupillage application scheme, which was facing ruin after leading commercial chambers threatened to pull out, has been granted a reprieve. A row erupted last year between Blackstone Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square over the Pupillage Application Clearing House scheme (Pach). The argument was fuelled when several leading commercial sets voiced concerns […]

Allen & Overy appoints M&A and PFI partners

Allen & Overy is poaching a corporate partner from Ashurst Morris Crisp and a lawyer from the Government’s Treasury project taskforce. Jeremy Parr should be joining A&O from Ashursts in May, but the date has not been finalised. David Lee has joined A&O’s public/private partnerships and private finance initiative department as a partner. Parr specialises […]

Montblanc case not unique

In your article “Trademark regulations strengthened” (The Lawyer, 10 January) Dawn Osborne is quoted as suggesting that new law was being made in the Montblanc case (“In other major passing off cases the products have all been on the market…But in this one we got an interim injunction before it ever got on to the […]

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