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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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Nabarros brings Reading operation under one roof

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Westminster procedures

Your correspondent, Leslie Wolfson (The Lawyer, 7 October), may not understand the district auditor procedure, generally or specifically, in relation to Westminster City Council. Far from being a witch-hunt on “hapless councillors”, the investigation by Mr Magill was thorough, taking seven years to complete, involving the study of over 10,000 documents, despite attempts to obstruct […]

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 […]

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 […]

SLAB proposes criminal code

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has published a draft code of practice which it intends to impose on all solicitors conducting criminal legal aid work. The code covers the management of cases, staff training, compliance with legal aid guidelines and legislation, and the maintenance of a suitable complaints procedure. In a move which currently […]

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