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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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Wragges duo boosts pensions and tax

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co will promote two associates to the partnership this year. Pensions lawyer Paul Feathers and tax lawyer Neil Pearson will take up their new positions on 1 May. Managing partner Quentin Poole said: “Pensions and tax fulfil a dual role. They generate high-quality standalone work and underpin the firm’s ability to service […]

Pupillage schemes set for controversial overhaul

The Bar Council may require chambers to take on a specific number of paid pupillages and limit the number of places available on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) as part of a shake-up of the profession’s recruitment rules. The proposals are currently being considered by Lord Neuberger’s working party, which was set up last November […]

Lack of legal head prompts Liverpool Council legal review

Liverpool City Council is embarking on a major strategic review of its legal services provision after failing to hire a new city solicitor. Graeme Creer quit for Weightmans a year ago and the council has failed to find a replacement, sparking a major rethink of internal and external resources. Liverpool executive director of finance and […]

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Skadden celebrates birthday with European promotions spree

New York-headquartered Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is the latest firm to announce it partnership promotions, adding 29 to its partnership, including two in London. This is the most promotions London has seen in at least four years. The new London partners are corporate partner Shaun Lascelles and corporate finance partner Danny Tricot. Although […]

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