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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 […]

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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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Further revelations from last week’s Variety Club legal bash: Nabarros’ Nick Collins thought he was doing his bit for charity when he convinced Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to donate a ready-frozen River Cottage Hogget as a prize in the auction. That’s right – a whole sheep. Mind you, after a few drinks Collins went that bit further […]

Jacksons’ core areas to go it alone

North East firm Jacksons has split its core areas of business into two new firms. The firm’s insurance practice will be spun-off into a separate practice comprising managing partner Richard Clarke and six other partners. The firm’s commercial and private client practice will have 10 partners, including senior partner Kevin Fletcher. Clarke said: “The benefit […]

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Heavyweight personal injury (PI) firms, including Leigh Day & Co and Pannone & Partners, have signed up as shareholders of Manchester firm Amelans’ TV-advertised claims company injurylawyers4u. Leigh Day, Pannones and well-known North West PI practices Donns and Silverbeck Rymer are part of a group of 25 firms to have a shareholding in injurylawyers4u, a […]

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