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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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Contingency fees are coming, and given the continuing problems with conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), it is surely about time they did. The Government has clearly got itself into a bit of a mess on this one, with almost every quarter distinctly unhappy at the operation of CFAs. Put simply, it is bad practice. The defendant […]

Don't worry, be happy

Last year’s Industrial Society research entitled “Maximising Attendance” revealed that sickness absence costs the UK economy £13bn annually. It is surprising, therefore, that only 28 per cent of organisations claim to record all absences, and that there still seems to be a belief that nothing can be done to improve the situation. Companies that have […]

Laying the blame

The news that the Lord Chancellor was to finally part company with the “no fault” divorce in January was as inevitable as the arrival of a decree absolute through the letter box. It was also met with the same wildly divergent responses by the parties involved. As far as the anti-divorce lobby was concerned this […]

Blandys hires head of property

Reading firm Blandy & Blandy has recruited a new head of commercial property to take over from Kate Taylor, who is stepping down to become a full-time consultant. Jane Gunnell joins as a partner at the end of April from Reading-based commercial firm Clarks. Gunnell, who is expected to bring clients with her, has strong […]

Vivendi appoints ten firms to its UK panel

After a five-month review, both regional and City firms win places French utilities and media giant Vivendi has appointed 10 firms to its UK panel following a five-month review. A range of City and regional players have won places. They are Allen & Overy (A&O), Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Boyes Turner & Burrows, Brodies, Burness, Macfarlanes, Pinsent […]

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