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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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Charles Russell and IT firm launch domain name service

Elizabeth Davidson LONDON commercial practice Charles Russell has teamed up with a specialist Internet consultancy to offer its IT clients a domain name registration and search service. The service – outsourced by Charles Russell to consultancy Kiosk – is designed to help clients setting up a Web site avoid the protracted and expensive litigation associated […]

The end of the North-South divide?

The boundaries that divide Scottish and English legal software providers are eroding, writes Jim Cummings. Jim Cummings is chairman and CEO of Pilgrim Systems. Since the late 1970s, when software developers became aware of the market for computer systems in legal offices, there has been debate over the North-South IT divide. The differences in requirements […]

In brief: Law Society course may have netted £1m

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) claimed last week that the Law Society makes a profit from students on the legal practice course. The TSG said that figures produced by the Law Society revealed that the Law Society may have made a £1m profit from students since the course was introduced in 1993.

Putting the “limited' into law firm partnerships

The search for limited liability through changing a firm’s structure may turn out to be the solicitor’s Holy grail – forever unattainable, says Stephen Netherway. Stephen Netherway is a solicitor in the insurance and reinsurance group at Cameron Mckenna and co-author of Limited Liability for Professional Partnerships. Troubled by the extent of partnership liability, specifically […]

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