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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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US practices struck by defections

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster and New York firm White & Case have been hit by the departures of top-level partners and assistants. A five-partner team and 12 associates left the Manhattan office of Morrison & Foerster to join 83-partner New York firm Chadbourne & Parke. And 14 lawyers exchanged the litigation department of […]

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In brief: Somerset practice conducts tennis deal

Bridgwater firm Pardoes has been instructed by Millfield School, in Street, to sign a joint venture agreement between the independent school and top tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. Senior partner Colin Humphrey and entertainment law specialist Alison Whittingham worked on the contract which will enable Bollettieri, who coaches Boris Becker, to establish an international-standard tennis training […]

Motorola's one-stop on to Internet

Motorola has developed an all-in-one Internet system for easy access to the information superhighway. The system, known as the Internet Solution, provides a modem, cabling and software in a single box and provides access to the full range of Internet services, including: email; browsing business, and entertainment information; access to and use of information stored […]

Magill denies creating legal quandary despite attack by Westminster Tories

THE DISTRICT Auditor for Westminster Council has denied claims he has created a legal dilemma for hundreds of local authorities. John Magill, the auditor investigating the Tory council’s housing sales policy, said councillors making decisions with legal implications could trust the advice of their legal departments. Westminster Conservatives claim they only went ahead with the […]

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