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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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Cleary Gottlieb appoints

US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has appointed London-based capital markets associate Ashar Qureshi as a partner .Litigation partner Matthew Slater has rejoined the firm’s Washington DC office, after serving four years as assistant general counsel of the US Air Force.

Former Soviet and Yugoslavian states slammed for slow reform

Former Soviet and Yugoslavian republics have come under fire from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for being slow to reform their legal and law enforcement systems. In its Transition Report 1998, covering central and eastern Europe, countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia have been slammed for failing to […]

SIF contributions slammed as extortionate by small firms

A group comprised mainly of sole practitioners has been set up to campaign for the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The Millennium Law Group of about 60 solicitors is pressing for the Law Society council to call an extraordinary general meeting, open to all members of the society, where it will demand an […]

In brief: No action to be taken against Jane Hickman

No action will be taken against Jane Hickman, Hickman & Rose senior partner, who was arrested in July after cannabis was allegedly discovered in a bundle of clothes she was taking to a client in Wandsworth prison. Hickman is acting for a number of clients alleging brutality by prison officers at another prison, Wormwood Scrubs.

In brief: Lawyers plan exodus, says ZMB survey

Thirteen per cent of lawyers are considering leaving the legal profession in the next 12 months, a survey of 600 lawyers by recruitment consultancy ZMB in association with The Times has revealed. Of these, 42 per cent said the law was not for them, while 37 per cent wanted to work shorter hours. Thirty-three per […]

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