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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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Peopil looks to align damages

EUROPEAN personal injury lawyers have set up a think tank through which to examine the potential for harmonising personal injury damages throughout the European Union. This move followed an impassioned plea for action by the lead ing personal injury silk Dan Brennan QC. Brennan, of Edwin Glasgow QC’s 39 Essex Street chambers, urged EC lawyers […]

Bomb test

In “Firms face fall out after Indian bomb test”, (The Lawyer, 9 June) US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy was reported to have said that sanctions could cost India around $350bn. In fact Milbank calculated that sanctions could cost the country up to two per cent of its $350bn Gross Domestic Product.

In brief: Lord Irvine to speak at LAG conference

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine is the keynote speaker at the Legal Action Group and Justice conference – “Legal Aid Making it Work”. Lord Irvine will speak on the Government’s thoughts on legal aid and publicly funded legal services, on Friday, 3 July at Westminster, London. Other speakers at the conference include Mary Marrone, executive […]

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Finers acted for MWB and Manhattan Loft on the completion of the £20m first phase building contract for West India Quay. MWB and Manhattan Loft signed the deal with Lovells Construction, advised by their in-house team.

Herbert Smith abandons FirmControl

HERBERT Smith is replacing the Resolution Systems practice management system it bought in 1994 with a rival package produced by US company CMS Data. The firm began installing CMS Data’s Open system at the start of the year and has set an October deadline for its full installation. Herbert Smith was the first City firm […]

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