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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: Rush for places at Property Centre debate

Anthony Bogan and Leslie Dubow’s conference to discuss the establishment of Solicitors Property Centres looks likely to be over subscribed. Around 250 solicitors are expected to attend a joint Surrey Law Society/Solicitors Property Group (SPG) conference in Dorking on 15 April, with the final places expected to have been snapped up over the weekend. Options […]

Tailoring the silks list

Your criticisms of this year’s silks list (Leader, 1 April), with only five women and only one new silk from an ethnic minority background, are entirely valid. But just as worrying is the serious under-representation in the list of those who practise from provincial chambers. The most recent Bar Council figures show that a third […]

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Boodle Hatfield acted for ELP Properties on its £62m purchase of 40 mainly office and retail properties from General Accident. Rowe & Maw advised General Accident. Six other English law firms were involved.

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