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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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Taylor Joynson Garrett acting for Halifax Loans – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Halifax Building Society – has completed the purchase of the centralised lending business of Banque Nationale de Paris, acquiring u1.5 billion in mortgage assets representing 0.5 per cent of the total UK mortgage market. This new acquisition has raised Halifax Loans’ […]

Lawyers top of the class in languages

Lawyers are top of the class when it comes to learning other languages, a survey reveals. Research shows that lawyers out-perform most other professionals linguistically and are particularly strong at French. One third of lawyers claim to be fluent in French compared to just under one in five marketing executives and one in 20 information […]

Veal battle to High Court

The High Court is set for challenges to the legality of bans on shipment of live veal calves out of Humberside International Airport. No date has been fixed for the hearing, but it could be heard in conjunction with a similar action involving a ban at Coventry Airport scheduled for 20 March.

Law Soc's fee-based services

The Law Society is to invest in electronic information services with joint venture partners and will provide the data to solicitors on a commercial basis. The services, provided by the Legal Practice Directorate (LPD), could revolutionise the way that solicitors can receive information. Law Society members will be paying extra for services they currently receive […]

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