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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.

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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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Magic circle trainees kept on despite recession

Magic circle firms are continuing to take on a high proportion of trainees despite the economic turmoil and redundancies, The Lawyer can reveal. Linklaters, which was revealed last week to be trimming its partnership by up to 70 (see story), is set to keep on 84 per cent of trainee solicitors due to qualify in March, […]

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A&O bucks City trend with plan to hike fees

Smaller clients set to suffer as firm forges ahead with strategy to focus on most active relationships. Allen & Overy (A&O) is going against City trends by planning to increase its London billing rates in a bid to cover escalating costs and maintain profit. The discussions about increasing charge-out rates are taking place as major […]

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Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal posted a slight increase in gross revenue last year but saw its average profits tumble more than 12 per cent. The Chicago-headquartered firm’s turnover rose to $492m last year, an increase of 2.9 per cent. Average profit per equity partner fell just over 12 per cent to $804,000. Last summer, Sonnenschein […]

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