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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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When lawyer and sage Frederick Sawyer defined a contract as an “agreement that is binding only on the weaker party”, he was happily unfamiliar with the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA) and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (UTCCR), both of which brought a measure of fairness, or interference depending on your […]

Lovells partners to face night of the long knives

Underperformers to be axed from equity; Madrid merger talks reach final stage Lovells is set to adopt a new hardline approach to tackle underperformance by instituting a programme of partner de-equitisation. The firm has already de-equitised one partner and The Lawyer understands that the demotion of a further nine across all areas is being considered. […]

I’m too sexy for my job

Last week, Tulkinghorn set a challenge to find the sexiest/grooviest/ baaadest tax lawyer around. It might perhaps come as a surprise to some readers (it certainly did to several of The Lawyer‘s journalists) but the response has been phenomenal. A deluge of entries has proven categorically that tax lawyers can be sexy. The sheer number […]

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