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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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Norwich Union libel case alerts companies to dangers of e-mail

A LANDMARK e-mail libel settlement should set alarm bells ringing in all multinational companies and firms using internal e-mail systems, according to an Internet law expert. In an out of court settlement, Norwich Union recently paid £450,000 to Western Provident for circulating untruths on its internal e-mail system about Western Provident’s alleged financial problems. Nick […]

Tax case reporting takes to the Net

Elizabeth Davidson reports THE SPECIALIST tax set Gray’s Inn Chambers has launched a case reporting service on the internet. The Tax Case Reporting Service, launched by the chambers on 15 July, will make the results of some tax cases available within half an hour of a decision being reached. Initially it will only include details […]

Pensions Ombudsman slams Robin Ellison

Pensions ombudsman Julian Farrand has singled out Eversheds partner Robin Ellison in a public attack on solicitors and judges who he claims have been undermining his legislative role. In his annual report, Farrand tells how a “prominent pensions solicitor” – who Ellison accepts is him – had “publicised his personal opposition to me as ombudsman […]

EC urges Taiwan to relax rules

The European Commission is pressing for greater rights of access for foreign lawyers in Taiwan, as part of its negotiations over the country’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The move is backed by the Law Society, which wants to see the strict regulations for foreign lawyers practising in Taiwan relaxed. Although foreign lawyers […]

Wilkinsons agrees Eversheds merger

Newcastle firm Wilkinson Maughan has agreed to be taken over by Eversheds, creating the largest firm in the north east. But it is understood that at least half Wilkinsons equity partners may become salaried, and one source at Wilkinsons said the merger was only agreed after its company law department threatened to join Eversheds on […]

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