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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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Thinking ahead

While it is has an established reputation for offshore financial services, Guernsey still has some way to go to be taken seriously as a centre for IP business, say Geoff Allez and Ian Swan Anyone familiar with the offshore legal market will recognise that there are two levels of competition involved: there is not only […]

On the slide

What do you get if you mix that most enigmatic and intangible of concepts – law firm branding – with a leading international sportsman? Motivational presentations to lawyers, obviously. A newly launched management consultancy, called Titman Deavall Consulting, has come up with a handy spin to help flog its seminars on what it calls “themed […]

FIFA defends Dutch trouser removal action

As thousands of fans gather in Frankfurt for the Group D decider between Holland and Argentina, FIFA’s legal team has launched an offensive against ambush marketing surrounding the game. FIFA accused Dutch brewery Bavaria of ambush marketing after it provided football fans with thousands of bright orange lederhosen for Holland’s group match against Ivory Coast. […]

A Semple mistake

It was patronising smiles all round and the sound of collective head-patting when Scottish minnow Semple Fraser released its year-end results. Either the firm had had a really, really bad year, or its PR had left off a fairly important letter from the email header: “Semple Fraser announces £13 fee income”. Altogether now… “bless”.

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