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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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Burges Salmon attacks policy on Foot-and-Mouth slaughter

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has been appointed to advise on a High Court action set to challenge the Government’s proposed policy of slaughtering healthy animals to stop the Foot-and-Mouth crisis. Peter and Juliet Kindersley, founders of the Dorling Kindersley publishing house, are funding the High Court challenge on behalf of several Cumbrian farmers and the […]

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Paul Gilbert makes some good points in his article “Resolve to Evolve” (The Lawyer, 26 February), describing an industry whose structure and practices increasingly do not reflect its clients’ demands. Gilbert focuses his attack narrowly on the industry’s charging practices. He contends that the abolition of hourly rates, and with them a charging system based […]

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Birmingham-based retailer Ciro Citterio, which employs 1,750 staff and has 160 stores across the UK and Ireland, was forced into administration by the High Court because of cashflow problems following a shareholder dispute. Kroll Buchler Phillips is the administrator. Unsurprisingly, DLA is advising – the accountancy firm and the law firm have a longstanding relationship. […]

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Law firms have arrived late into the world of advertising. Since legal practices were given the go-ahead to advertise their services in 1994, few have taken the plunge. But a polarising market is forcing lawyers to consider how they are perceived by their clients and potential recruits, and whether they can create corporate brands. Advertising […]

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