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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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Washington securities official makes move to Dechert Price

Dechert Price & Rhoads, the US firm allied to Titmuss Sainer Dechert, has added to its tally of ex-Securities and Exchange Commission officials by taking on Jack Murphy, who joins as a partner based in the firm’s Washington office. Murphy, who held the post of associate director and chief counsel of the SEC’s Division of […]

Pep launch on Net is plain sailing

Liz Davidson reports THE SOLICITOR who advised on the launch of what is claimed to be the first interactive Personal Equity Plan on the Internet has described it as an unusual but relatively straightforward job. Macfarlane’s partner Tim Cornick was called in by MBO Advisory Partners to advise on the launch of NetPep, a personal […]

Home: where the work is

Never mind sole practioners working in chambers (The Lawyer, 25 March), let them work from home with electronic connections if necessary. The economics are indisputable. Imagine a life with no partners, profits more than 90 per cent of turnover, no employees, visiting clients at home, few meetings, and so on. Anyone contemplating this should read […]

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I think you may have solved a mystery which has worried me for many decades. Long ago, when I was a minnow at Freshfields and the firm resided in Princes Street, the loos were labelled Freshfields ladies, Freshfields gentlemen and Freshfields partners. I used to think the distinction had something to do with gender and, […]

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