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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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Irwin Mitchell spruces up training contract with central funds

Irwin Mitchell is to centralise its first-year training budget as part of a wider overhaul of the firm’s ­training strategy. Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing to specialise in the second year. […]

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As The Lawyer revealed last week (22 September), the UK’s largest unitary authority Birmingham City Council is reviewing its legal panel of 21 firms. Director of governance Mirza Ahmad will next month invite existing panel firms to apply for contracts that are set to begin in September 2009 and which taken together account for an […]

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It enjoyed an economic boom in the 1990s that was the envy of its neighbours. Now much of the growth in Ireland may have dried up in the midst of a looming recession, but lawyers lucky (or bright) enough to work in two increasingly important markets are still smiling. The alternative energy market is surprising […]

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