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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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New Zealand firm goes on recruitment drive in UK

A LEADING New Zealand firm is dispatching two partners to London in a bid to entice Kiwi lawyers who have settled in the City back to their home country. The move is a response to the drain of talent in New Zealand caused by the steady stream of young lawyers travelling to the UK. Rudd […]

In brief: Mishcons consultant banks on new firm

Theodore Goddard has lured David Harvey from Mishcon de Reya’s banking team. In February, The Lawyer revealed that Harvey had left Mishcons’ equity at the start of the year to become a consultant following what is believed to have been a dispute with the firm’s remuneration committee. Theodore Goddard managing partner Peter Kavanagh said: “On […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 21/10/97

Tenant’s acts do not amount to surrender of tenancy Zionmor v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Islington (1997) Court: CA (Chadwick LJ gave judgment) 10/10/97 Appearances: Jonathan Manning for the appellant. Anne Seifert for the respondent. Summary: Appeal on preliminary issue whether the tenant surrendered his tenancy to the landlord, thereby losing […]

IT society searches for the most innovative firm

INNOVATIVE lawyers have until 31 October to submit entries for the annual Society for Computers and Law (SCL) IT award. The award is given to the firm which shows the most outstanding application of IT to law in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Kim Walker, a partner at last year’s winning firm, Rundle […]

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