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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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Barrett-Williams quits head of legal post at ORR

Head of legal at the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) Sally Barrett-Williams has unexpectedly quit her post after less than a year. Barrett-Williams had plans for ORR involving the development and recruitment of the legal team. She explained in an interview with The Lawyer (18 June) that she also wanted to expand the organisation’s […]

Getting serious

There was a time that the Serious Fraud Office was getting a lot of stick. Now it’s the one giving it. Fenella Quinn reports on the organisation that fraudsters finally fear The recent collapse of Independent Insurance, leading to unquantifiable losses, no doubt will have put a smile on the nation’s top fraudbusters’ lips. After […]

Winners, every one of them

Fair play, honesty and integrity – the key ingredients of any good lawyer. Or so Tulkinghorn thought until he attended the Law Society Commerce and Industry (C&I) Group’s summer ball at the Hanover Hotel in sunny Warrington. Well, it would combine an important evening of networking with a lovely little treat for Mrs Tulkinghorn.As it […]

Nabarros partner joins Govt taskforce

A Nabarro Nathanson public sector partner has played a key role on a Government taskforce, which last week issued its report on procurement skills within local government. Helen Randall was the only lawyer invited to join the taskforce, which was chaired by Sir Ian Byatt. The 10-strong body was drawn from the public and private […]

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