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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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In brief: Garretts woos Cobbetts' construction head

Garretts 30-lawyer Manchester office has recruited Cobbetts construction litigation head David Rogers as a partner and has appointed a new office managing partner, Tim Hamilton, who joined from Alsop Wilkinson in 1996. The former managing partner, Stephen Devlin, who founded the office three years ago, takes the new role of head of corporate in Manchester.

Forsytes consigned to history

WEST END firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman will split in September with its 11-partner property department going to Lawrence Graham and six partners going to Holborn insurance litigation practice Edward Lewis. The 19-partner Forstyes has shrunk from 30 partners since it formed after the merger of Forsyte Kerman with Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin in December […]

Focus: Bristol Mercantile Court. Region courts mercantile success

In 1994 Bristol won its own mercantile court. As Nigel Puddicombe explains, the move has boosted the local legal scene. Nigel Puddicombe is a commercial litigation partner at Cartwrights in Bristol. When lawyers in the West of England began lobbying for their own regionally-based mercantile court in the 1970s and 1980s, there was plenty of […]

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Mr Justice Toulson, who was able to brush up on US popular culture while sitting as a judge. He watched a video of the Howard Stern Show featuring a woman under hypnosis who believed she was having an orgasm and a man who was convinced he was pregnant. The video was shown in a claim […]

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