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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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Sullivan & Cromwell opens Frankfurt 'finance' office

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Hoover fails to stem tide of flight compensation claims

HOOVER has failed in its latest attempt to fight a multi-million pound compensation claim from customers who say they were “duped” by the company in its free flights promotion. The appeal by Hoover to the St Helens County Court was dismissed by Judge Peter Urquhart who found in favour of claimants. Urquhart supported a decision […]

Green Form business – easy pickings?

Hard sell or just bending the rules? Starting a new series of in-depth reports, Cyril Dixon looks at the “easy business” of winning Green Form clients PETER LANE is sharp, hard-working, and has an unerring eye for a business opportunity. He is also a source of irritation to the Legal Aid Board. Lane is the […]

Ranks swollen by raft of jobs

THREE district councils have announced important new appointments to bolster their legal departments. Stroud, in Gloucestershire, has recruited Mark Williams to become its head of legal services from Carrick District Council in Cornwall. Williams, a member of the experts’ network of the Law Society’s Local Government Group, has been with Carrick Council for the past […]

Another case for small is beautiful

Patrick McKenna thinks that the bigger the practice group, the less that is achieved To reach their maximum potential in productivity and profitability, more law firms are focusing on the development of effective practice groups. However, many firms choose the wrong lawyers to lead their groups. Firms have tended to make practice leader that lawyer […]

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