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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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Barlows spearheads growth in Asia with Singapore launch

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is opening an office in Singapore as part of its planned expansion in Asia. The new venture will be headed by aviation specialist David Johnston, formerly head of Beaumont & Son’s Singapore office. Johnston is a qualified solicitor in Australia as well as England and Wales, and has extensive experience dealing […]

Matrix considers exit from Gray’s Inn base

Gray’s Inn may lose one of its most famous tenants, Matrix Chambers, as increasing numbers of sets leave their Holborn heartland. Matrix is deciding whether to move to larger premises outside the Inn to cope with its growing number of tenants. However, it may remain at its current home at the junction of Gray’s Inn […]

Cobbetts in Leeds office relocation

Just weeks after moving into new Birmingham premises, fast-expanding firm Cobbetts has announced an office relocation in Leeds. It will take up three floors of purpose-built accommodation on the banks of the River Aire from summer 2006. New space is urgently needed for Cobbetts, which has undergone four mergers, including two in Leeds, in the […]

The incredible bulk

Law firms’ volume businesses can enhance profitability. But do they make strategic sense? By Joanne O’Connor and Joanne Harris For years, volume businesses have been regarded by commercial firms as something of an embarrassing secret. When both Addleshaw Goddard and Hammonds spun off their bulk arms, it seemed settled that commoditised legal services and commercial […]

Speechly nabs Boodle Hatfield partner

Beleaguered law firm Boodle Hatfield has been dealt a blow by the loss of the head of its contentious trust and probate team to Speechly Bircham. Alison Meek, who had been a partner at Boodle Hatfield for seven years, left the firm on 10 September. She is currently on gardening leave and is expected to […]

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