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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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Belgian boost

Ashurst Morris Crisp has recruited Belgian corporate and commercial specialist Carl Meyntjens from Linklaters as a partner for its Brussels office. Ashursts partner Julian Ellison, head of the firm’s Brussels office, said: “Carl will be invaluable in supporting our efforts to fulfil demand for Belgian and cross-border corporate and commercial advice. With his help, we […]

Lords to hear Kueaiti appeal

The way has been paved for the House of Lords to probe the insurance position of Kuwaiti-owned aircraft and equipment damaged during the Iraqi invasion of the country. The Kuwait government and the national airline, the Kuwait Airways Corporation, launched action against Kuwait Insurance after 15 aircraft, spares and equipment were damaged during the invasion. […]

Names claim victory on premiums

The cases of about 450 non-paying Lloyd’s names were adjourned last week with both sides claiming victory in the five-year battle over whether the Names had to pay their premiums. Dibb Lupton Alsop partner Susan Dingwall, acting for the Society of Lloyd’s, said Mr Justice Tuckey had last week ordered nearly all the Names to […]

Head-hunters take their pick

Recruitment firms are reporting a demand for insolvency experts, says Mike Yuille. Demand for insolvency lawyers is picking up, seemingly in preparation for what many expect will be an increase in company collapses next year due to growing global economic difficulties. This renewed demand is taking two forms: demand for experienced big hitters, who can […]

The OSS:caught between a rock and a hard place

Even in a society obsessed with complaints and in a culture antagonistic towards solicitors the figures make stark reading. In the 12 months from September 1996 to September 1997 there were 22,305 complaints to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) against the 68,037 solicitors in England and Wales. Last July the Law Society […]

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