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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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NAUTA Dutilh, the largest law firm in the Netherlands, has become the third Dutch firm to open a London office since 1990. The office, in the City, will be staffed by partner Diederik van Wassenaer and two associates. Van Wassenaer said there were three reasons the firm had opened shop in London. “First, quite a […]

Rival firms abandon Newmarket

Two rival Cambridge regional firms are to close their Newmarket offices following internal shake-ups in which one firm will lose three of its long-standing partners. The Taylor Vinters branch office, best known for its bloodstock department headed by Jeremy Richardson, will close in October. Hewitson Becke + Shaw is pulling out of the town later […]

Home is where the computer is

Among the barrage of tables and statistics in a recent survey from the Law Society – Trends in the Solicitors’ Profession, Annual Statistical Report 1995 – there is one sentence that stands out. “There has been little change in the structure of private practice. Growth in the number of firms was almost entirely accounted for […]

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Foreign lawyers in Poland have hired a PR firm to lobby the government to let them stay in business in the wake of a threat from local lawyers. The two branches of the Polish legal profession are proposing a law change which would effectively send foreign law firms home. In response to a request from […]

Time slipping away in hunt for lawyer's lawyer

TIME is running out for The Lawyer readers to cast their votes for the legal personality of the year. Votes have been flooding in for all the nominated contenders in this year’s race to name the lawyer’s lawyer. Last year, the top award went to Civil Court reformer Lord Woolf. The 22 nominees are listed […]

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