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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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Law Soc faces £1m fine for complaints blunders

The Law Society could be fined £1m if it delivers another “inadequate” plan for complaints-handling. Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor last week said the society’s original plan contains “fundamental weaknesses” and has asked for a revised version by 6 December. Manzoor has the power to levy a fine of up to £1m if the […]

Harris wins Lovells election

Lovells has elected finance head David Harris to succeed Lesley MacDonagh as its new managing partner. Harris, who is due to take office on 1 May 2005 for a four year term, beat off fierce competition from rivals Andrew Skipper, Lovells head of commercial, and competition head John Pheasant. The election took place one year […]

Commitment to diversity bags Reed Smith top Sara Lee place

Sara Lee Corporation has promoted US firm Reed Smith to the top tier of its panel, due in part to the firm’s commitment to promoting racial and sexual diversity. Sara Lee, which manufactures a broad range of underwear lines such as Wonderbra and Playtex, as well as food and household products, has moved into the […]

Mauritius gives green light to foreign law firm access plans

Global ambitions see foreign firms able to form joint ventures and partnerships with local players The government of Mauritius is finalising legislation that will allow foreign law firms to access the local market through joint ventures or partnerships with domestic firms. Ministers expect the reforms to come into force within the next six months. According to Attorney […]

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