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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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Specialist group is gaining ground

THE ASSOCIATION of Personal Injury Lawyers has done its best to resist the temptation to gloat. But the group is delighted at its success in breaking the deadlock between the Law Society and the Bar Council over conditional fee model terms of engagement for counsel. That breakthrough, reported in last week’s issue of The Lawyer, […]

Firm on a roll as media work grows

HAMMOND Suddards’ capture of Gouldens partner Christopher Parkinson looks set to be a big step in the national firm’s bid to build a top media practice. Parkinson, known for his work on movies such as Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V and the award-winning Leon the Pig Farmer, will take an impressive client portfolio with him when […]

Divorcee claims board interfered

A MAN who claims he was ordered to pay an “excessive” bill for legal services after the Legal Aid Board allegedly interfered in a trial will this week lodge an official complaint against the body. Alan Brown’s firm Jim McKenzie & Co claims the LAB should have remained impartial in an action against Brown by […]

Firms cool over US bid for City work

TOP City firms have stayed cool over the US firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ bid for a slice of London’s legal work, despite some of their best lawyers being targeted by the firm’s recruitment drive. Weil Gotshal, which enjoys per-partner profits of up to $750,000 in the US, is also expected to offer competitive salaries […]

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