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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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Camerons ventures into Bulgaria for Viva contract

CMS Cameron McKenna is set to enter a political minefield after its client Viva Ventures was named as the preferred bidder to buy a majority stake in state-owned Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC). Vienna-registered Viva, a consortium that includes investment fund Advent International, will offer €200m (£128m) for a 65 per cent share in BTG, which […]

KLegal defers trainees again and slashes pay-off

Thirty trainees asked to defer 2003 training contracts for £2,500; payment down from £10,000 for last band of deferrals KLegal has asked 30 of its trainees in London and Scotland to defer their 2003 training contracts for a year in return for a £2,500 pay-off. Names were drawn out of a hat because it was […]

Meridian dominates Bar software supply

Meridian Law takes ACE’s share of the market Meridian Law has become the sole supplier of software to the Bar after buying out rival provider ACE last Friday. A number of sets had stopped using ACE and transferred to Meridian prior to the takeover when ACE had 30 per cent and Meridian 65 per cent […]

PR – your number's up

It’s great fun being a managing partner, as it seems all one’s little eccentricities can go unchecked. Take this unnamed example, who runs a large City firm, and plays games of ‘management bingo’ to amuse himself in meetings. His game involves first learning every example of management doublespeak, such as ‘proactive blue sky thinking’ or […]

Opinion

In the last month the private finance initiative (PFI) has come in for even more criticism than the usual twice-monthly articles pointing out that the public sector can borrow more cheaply than the private sector This criticism is as a result of two events. First, the Labour Party Conference, at which there was a vote […]

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