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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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Media law expert joins up with Tarlo Lyons

ENTERTAINMENT law specialist Stanley Munson has joined Tarlo Lyons following the merger of his old firm with Davenport Lyons. Munson was a partner in the Wright Webb Syrett company commercial department which did not follow the litigation team to Davenport Lyons in the merger earlier this month. At the time, Davenport Lyons said it had […]

Clarke set to farm out drafting

PARLIAMENTARY Counsel may soon be out of a job and their role of drafting Government legislation handed over to private practice lawyers, if Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke has his way. Clarke made known his support for privatising their role when delivering a recent lecture for the cross-party think-tank European Policy Forum (EPF). The […]

London salaries upturn

WEST End and City law firms have reported significant increases in their wage awards in a new legal salary survey. Forty per cent of London firms approached in the 1995 Michael Page Legal survey said they awarded staff wage rises of between six and ten per cent last year. In 1993 16 per cent handed […]

Litigation Writs 21/03/95

The niece of a man who died in March 1991 faces High Court action to make her repay over u49,000. David Thorp, personal representative of the late Robert Jones, has issued a writ against Mr Jones’ niece, Joan Jones of Caernarfon, and Elizabeth Ellis of Bethel. Ms Jones became her uncle’s attorney before his death […]

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