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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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Zimbabwe puts judge on trial

Fergie Blackie, the retired judge arrested in Zimbabwe last year for allegedly attempting to defeat the course of justice, is facing trial at the end of this month. Blackie’s trial is set down for 30 June in the Harare Magistrates’ Court, and the state is likely to call three other judges as witnesses. The UN […]

True Brit

Paul Maher masterminded the Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw merger, and he’s not stopping there. Julia Cahill meets a driven man You can imagine Paul Maher going down a storm with the Americans at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. According to firm chairman Tyrone Fahner, the US partners love Maher’s understated British humour (some of […]

Linklaters’ billing held up by new IT system

Linklaters‘ chief executive Jim Wadia admitted last week that the firm had not processed a single bill in May on its new SAP IT system, which began rolling out last month. Wadia claimed it had always been the firm’s plan not to bill in May. “The bills up to our 30 April year end went […]

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If Tony Blair had wanted to appease the left of the Labour Party, then abolishing the role of Lord Chancellor was a darn effective way of doing it. There’s been a broad welcome from liberals to the proposal of disentangling the legislative and judicial functions and to the establishment of a new department for constitutional […]

A pretty picture

With its acquisitive streak finally slowing down, Getty Images’ legal department has its sights set on image rights. Steve Hoare reports. The brainchild of an investment banker and the grandson of a multimillionaire: it may come as little surprise that after being founded in 1995, Getty Images went on an acquisition frenzy. The fact that […]

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