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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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Eversheds and Shoosmiths win conveyancing contract

Arun Estate Agencies, the 10th largest estate agency in the UK, is starting a volume conveyancing scheme in October with Eversheds and Shoosmiths & Harrison. The referral scheme is modelled on Hambro Countrywide’s 24-hour telephone conveyancing operation, which can process thousands of transactions every month. It will operate in about 60 per cent of Arun’s […]

In brief: Finance ace makes First move to Pinsents

David Macfarlane, a former director of the Securities and Futures Authority, is joining Pinsent Curtis as litigation partner to lead its City litigation team as part of its newly-launched Financial Institutions Real Solutions Team (First). First aims to offer a one-stop shop of legal expertise to City financial institutions. Macfarlane has spent the past two […]

Investment regulatory regime stalled until 2000, says financial watchdog

The new regulatory regime for law firms conducting investment business will not be in place until at least 2000, it emerged last week. The government had intended to bring the regulation of all financial services activity under the auspices of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) next year. But last month, FSA chairman Howard Davies admitted […]

In brief: New blood at Pinsents, Trowers and Mundays

Pinsent Curtis’ Birmingham office has hired tax partner Stephen Pallister from Osborne Clarke. Trowers & Hamlins has taken on leading environmental lawyer Andrew Wiseman. And Surrey firm Mundays has recruited aviation lawyer David Irving from Seddons.

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