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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 recent report in The Lawyer (29 September) regarding Clifford Chance‘s compensation review highlighted just how difficult it can be to require partners to retire or move out of the equity. A number of factors have combined to bring these issues to the top of the agenda for many law firms. Falling profits have focused […]

Hard labour

Will the EOC investigation into discrimination against pregnant women help those most in need, or will it just add to the legal minefield? Jessica Learmond-Criqui reports The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) on 1 September 2003 launched the first-ever formal nationwide investigation into discrimination faced by pregnant women at work in the UK. The investigation will […]

Do departures herald a rocky road ahead for Jones Day?

Emma Vere-Jones on how Gouldens’ merger with Jones Day has affected the real estate group Jones Day?” />Jones Day Gouldens has suffered its first partner departure, that of legacy Jones Day partner Linda Fletcher to Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The question on everyone’s lips is: “Will it be the first of many?” Is this […]

Northern Ireland Law Soc denies conflicts

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has hit back at claims made in Parliament that it is “shot through with conflicts”, following its handling of a complaint against a solicitor. Last month, Welsh MP Elfyn Llwyd denounced the society for its handling of criticisms over the 1984 sale of a Northern Irish hotel, the Stagecoach […]

Delphi gets attached to Rambe

Swedish firm Delphi & Co is set to merge with niche life sciences firm Rambe Legal Consultants early next year. Lars Rambe heads the niche firm and will become a partner and head of life sciences at Delphi next spring. Rambe worked in-house at Pharmacia and Amersham Biosciences before setting up on his own in […]

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