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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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In brief: Rosling King

Rosling King has opened its London market office to serve its insurance clients in the capital. The office, in Leadenhall Street, is opposite Lloyd’s of London. Iain Corbett, insurance/reinsurance partner at the Fleet Street-based firm, says: “Clients want more than legal advice. The advice must be realistic and delivered speedily.”

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THREE senior Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have been promoted, despite being named in evidence in a racial discrimination case against the CPS.Judith Bermingham, Colin Chapman and John Bell have been appointed chief crown prosecutors (CCPs) for South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Essex, respectively.They are all named in evidence as part of a claim against the CPS […]

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One of the most important elements which makes a law firm successful is internal communication. The profession has always lagged behind industry. For decades, companies have pinned their productivity figures to shop floor noticeboards, and internal newsletters long preceded the microchip and the robot. Managers have been subjected to regular, written assessments for a generation, […]

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society says it is attempting to persuade the Chinese authorities to relax their stance on allowing Chinese lawyers into English firms based in China. Herbert Smith and Holman Fenwick & Willan are the latest UK firms licensed to practise in China. Part of China’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) involves […]

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