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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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The names of new silks for 2005 are not expected to be announced until next Autumn.Traditionally, new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed in April.Hopefuls will now though be given until Easter to make their applications.The Bar Council insists these are still provisional dates as ultimately the timetable will be determined by an independent selection panel.The […]

Pinsent Masons denied access to Home Office ID card advice

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Outer Temple swoops on dissolving 6 Pump Court

Four barristers from the soon to dissolve 6 Pump Court (Kieran Coonan QC), have joined Outer Temple Chambers.The arrivals bring the number of tenants at Outer Temple to 60 – up from 32 just 18 months ago.Kieran Coonan QC, 6 Pump Court’s head, announced a week ago that his chambers, one of the bar’s foremost […]

Mallesons flies in new London chief

Australia-based Mallesons Stephen Jacques is relocating Sydney-based partner Rowan Russell to head the firm’s London office. Russell’s appointment as Mallesons’ London senior partner will become effective from the end of this month. His move will also further enhance the firm’s corporate finance and capital markets capability in London. Commenting on the move Mallesons’ chief executive […]

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