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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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Clifford Chance corporate assistant Guy Norman has been seconded to the Takeover Panel as a joint secretary for two years. He is the third member of the panel’s law team – a Herbert Smith and a Linklaters & Paines secondee are already on it. The panel chooses from City law firms in rotation.

OFT scuppers mortgage deal

The Office of Fair Trading has threatened to refer the results of two years’ negotiations between the UK’s major building societies and solicitors to standardise mortgage instructions to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC). The Law Society and more than half the lending industry will now have to go back to the negotiating table on […]

Eversheds beats rivals to win Hambros conveyancing deal

Eversheds fought off the efforts of more than 40 other firms to secure a joint seven-day-a-week conveyancing deal with estate agents Hambro Countrywide. Under the deal struck with Hambros, Eversheds will handle conveyancing referrals from two Hambros’ conveyancing centres proposed for Manchester and Bristol. The firm follows Shoosmiths & Harrison and Middlesex firm EDC Lord […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 22/04/97

John Hynd Alexander, 52, admitted 1971, practising at material times as A Alexander & Co, Cranleigh, Surrey, struck off and ordered to pay £5,721 costs. Allegations substantiated he misused client money for his own purposes and failed to comply with solicitors accounting rules. Tribunal told investigation of his books showed minimum cash shortage of £50,191. […]

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