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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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A&O goes on record to staff

CITY firm Allen & Overy, described in the press as the most profitable firm in the UK, has gone on the record about the true state of its finances. In a frank article in the firm’s in-house newsletter, senior partner Bill Tudor John describes how the firm has fared since the last quarter of 1993/94 […]

Climb into the driving seat

As with many areas of law practice, it is critical for the right person to be dealing with the right job. While this firm’s asset recovery and consumer credit department is computerised in relation to its straightforward debt actions, certain aspects of the debt recovery process simply do not require qualified lawyers to be involved […]

Levy calls for children's champion

BAR COUNCIL member Allan Levy QC has called on the UK to introduce a Children’s Rights Commissioner to protect the interests of the nation’s youth. Levy, who raised the issue at the eighth biennial meeting of the International Bar Association’s Section on General Practice, said the idea had gained support among the UK legal profession […]

PI firms 'alert' to TV accusations

A NATIONAL network of law firms was launched amid controversy this week to “cultivate” multi-party personal injury claims. ALeRT – Allied Lawyers Response Team – aims to spot potential multi-party actions and research the subject, then develop and co-ordinate claims. The project has been masterminded by two Liverpool solicitors, Graham Ross and Norman Hughes, who […]

Plea bargaining issues resurface

THE ROW between two leading criminal silks has resurfaced 20 months after Roger Levitt’s fraud trial ended in uproar over his lenient sentence. Media attention has been focused on the allegations made by prosecution counsel David Cocks QC and Jonathan Goldberg QC, who led the defence, about each other. In November 1993, after the trial […]

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