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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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Fallout from mergers is unavoidable. Some teams will find their roles redundant at the new firm, others will run a mile of their own accord. But judging from the pace of change among firms so far in 2012 – think RJW, McPinsents or Herbert Smith – it’s something that we’re all going to have to […]

Domain event: Website names sometimes betray firms’ plans – but sometimes not

What’s in a domain name? Everything or nothing, it seems. The merger between DWF and Cobbetts first came to light when the domain name dwfcobbetts. co.uk was registered. DWF, which registered the name, insisted that the blip was the result of an over-zealous IT employee. But just over two months later the duo confirmed they […]

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With three academics and only one lawyer on the panel, will the Legal Education and Training Review listen to the needs of private practice? Professional regulators and academics both love a meaty research project, and when the two combine forces, it’s time to sit back and watch the layers of complexity pile up like dung […]

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Ex-Mishcon partner jailed for five years over fraud

A former Mishcon de Reya property partner has been jailed for five and a half years for his part in a €22m (£18.4m) loan scam. The case dates back to 2008 when Kevin Steele was still a partner at the firm. In December he was convicted by the Serious Fraud Office for forgery and fraud […]

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