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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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Strategic council post

Chelmsford solicitor Gay Hollebon has been appointed assistant chief executive at the borough. His role will be to manage the council’s public relations and marketing, as well as to head a new strategy and programme management unit, with the task of over-seeing the council’s long-term strategy. Hollebon has been with the council for nine years.

Licence dispute goes to Lords

A legal battle between Phillips Petroleum Co UK, Agip UK and British Gas Exploration and Production and Enron Europe over North Sea gas sales is to be decided by the House of Lords. Leave has been given for an appeal by Phillips, Agip and British Gas against court rulings over production licence agreements. The case […]

Clifford Chance lobbying KOs new Customs' powers

Clifford Chance is claiming a lobbying victory for its bank clients after the government last week tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill. The amendment will delete a controversial clause which would have given Customs & Excise new powers to collect tax from anyone who owes money to a tax defaulter. The proposal would have […]

High street firms face an uphill battle

A Law Society snapshot of the opportunities and problems facing high street practices paints a bleak picture of the future. Compiled by its research and policy unit policy adviser John Jenkins, the chart on the right covers most areas of high street practice. “My general conclusion from this exercise was that existing trends suggest that […]

Undecided English

I am a dually qualified Scottish and English solicitor with experience of working in both jurisdictions. The debate in England about whether or not to establish solicitors property centres along the lines of those in Scotland never ceases to amaze me. Every four years the debate surfaces, dies down and then re-surfaces, before once again […]

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