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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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Ilex expands course range

The Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) is boosting its range of qualifications with a series of courses at university and A-level. The chief executive, Ray Ball, told Ilex’s annual conference that the institute had new challenges ahead, including national vocational qualifications in legal practice from next year. The institute has also contacted 75 universities with […]

R&M poaches McGrigors pair

Scottish firm McGrigor Donald has lost the star head of its banking group Neil Morrison to Rowe & Maw along with his senior assistant Naomi Owen. London-based Morrison was head of the McGrigors’ banking group for five years. Before that he was head of SJ Berwin & Co’s banking group. He said: “I decided when […]

Price Waterhouse allies with US law firm

Accountancy firm Price Waterhouse has formed a strategic alliance with Washington-based niche tax practice Miller & Chevalier to become what Millers describes as the “closest thing to a multi-disciplinary practice you can currently have in the States”. Although law firms and accountants have worked together in the area of tax, this link-up is seen as […]

Scots vent anger over public fund to protect conveyancers

Scottish solicitors have attacked the Government for paying a £40,000 indemnity insurance premium for licensed conveyancers in a bid to get the profession off the ground in Scotland. The funding is being offered by the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Board, a newly launched non-departmental public body which has been given the job of overseeing the […]

In brief: Election puts paid to bugging amendment

The Police Bill will not be amended to protect solicitors from being bugged because of the rush to clear the Parliamentary decks before the General Election, which also saw Michael Howard’s controversial Crime Sentences Bill severely weakened. The move follows Labour’s decision to withdrew a Law Society-supported clause to the Police Bill which would have […]

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