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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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BPP’s GDL students get added options

BPP Law School is launching three new courses to give its GDL students the opportunity to add a specialist subject to their diplomas. The optional programme, which starts in September, is designed to develop a wider interest in the law than that offered by the core diploma and to offer an insight into the day-to-day […]

Eversheds fights Bob Marley royalty claim

Eversheds and West End firm Hamlins have been fighting a High Court dispute between reggae legend Bob Marley’s record company and former guitarist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett over unpaid royalties. Eversheds partner Nick Valner is acting for Marley’s estate and record company, Universal Island Records, defending against Barrett’s allegations that he has not received royalties […]

SJ Berwin hikes turnover by 23 per cent

SJ Berwin has taken the riches of last year’s M&A resurgence and delivered a 23 per cent jump in turnover, while Herbert Smith has struggled to maintain its momentum. Preliminary figures for SJ Berwin reveal that turnover rose to £150.5m in 2005-06, up from £122m the previous year, breaking the firm’s budgeted increase of 15 […]

Ethnic minority students on the up at degree level

Ethnic minority students made up almost a third of students accepted to first degree law courses last year, new figures from the Law Society reveal. The statistics, published annually, show that 29.8 per cent of students starting undergraduate law degrees for the academic year 2004 in England and Wales were from an ethnic minority. This […]

Newly qualifieds given huge boost in latest salary hikes

Newly qualified and trainee solicitors across the City have been celebrating after receiving their biggest pay rises for several years. Herbert Smith, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons and SJ Berwin have boosted their newly qualified’s salaries by 10 per cent to £55,000. Linklaters, which kicked off the salary hikes, has increased its newly qualified’s salaries […]

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