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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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ADR in Australia

Debate continues to rage in Australia over alternative dispute resolution. In a newsletter to the recent IBA conference in Edinburgh, Michelle Sindler of Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher says arguments over whether Australian courts can require parties to participate in ADR are ongoing. However, she says the country is witnessing a “fundamental change” to its legal […]

Dentons looks for laughs on Internet

Fennell Betson reports City Firm Denton Hall is determined to mark its arrival on the World Wide Web. As there are 27,000 sites to be viewed on the web, the firm decided to run a competition for the best lawyer jokes and a legal problem spot, says Mark Turner, partner and head of the technology […]

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* Symonds Engineering was advised by Wragge & Co in its placing and open offer to raise u2.5m.

Arbitration laws need updating, says Hunt

London’s position as the premier international legal centre cannot be guaranteed, David Hunt, MP warned lawyers last week. Speaking at a special event organised by the Law Society for international lawyers based in London, Hunt said that London “must face up to the realities of competition from other centres throughout the world”. The Government wants […]

Trainees must make salary choice

TRAINEE solicitors are being pressured into choosing between dropping their demands for an increase in the minimum salary or losing it altogether. Roger Jones, chair of the Law Society’s training committee, has told the Trainee Solicitors’ Group he will not press for a vote on the abolition of the salary later this month if the […]

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