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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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Bar Council acts to avoid court listing

The Bar Council has broadened the competition for its online court listing service with the appointment of a second supplier to run the service. The move follows concerns that the existing supplier of information, CNS, should not be allowed to monopolise the service, after a second listings company, CLLIX, ceased operating. Now, following a consultation […]

Death penalty. Death row lottery

At its mid-year meeting last month the American Bar Association (ABA) called for a moratorium on executions. The ABA is not known for its opposition to capital punishment. But, as one New York attorney put it, it is important that “lawyers, those closest to the system, stand up and say it’s in shambles”. They are […]

Optional extras

Shared-based employee benefits have their origins in the US where this form of motivation and reward for employees, both senior executive and company-wide, has been commonplace for some time. There is little doubt that there is now an equal interest in these structures in the UK and also, slowly, in continental Europe. The UK has […]

Robot helps tackle the caseload

The legal software house, Solicitec, is introducing a “robot” to its office case management system for law firms. The company says its Solcase Robot adds increased automation to existing workflow procedures. The concept, which aims to save time by means of built-in actions, already exists in other professions, such as banking. Managing director Neil Ewin […]

Financing and restructuring

Norton Rose acted for US developer AES on the £112.5m development and financing of a 230MW power station in Barry

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