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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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CPS points of reference

With reference to Neil Addison’s piece about the re-organisation of the CPS (The Lawyer, 6 January): The recruitment exercise for the 18 chief crown prosecutor posts, evaluated as within the senior civil service, was directed not by senior CPS management, but by the Civil Service Commission in accordance with the rules for fair and open […]

In brief: Morgan & Banks forms new division

International recruitment consultancy Morgan & Banks has announced the formation of a new legal recruitment division. Gary Mackney, previously at Wellman Smith, has been appointed as head of the division.

City firms get lion's share of 'mega deals'

FIGURES showing a trend for larger and fewer buy outs could mean that only a handful of law firms are likely to be able to stay in the top end of the increasingly polarised market. Only a few larger City firms such as Ashurst Morris Crisp, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Lovell White Durrant […]

Departures unconnected to planned profit centre merger, says Eversheds

EVERSHEDS corporate star Paul Scrivener is resigning from its Leeds office but the firm has denied that the move, along with the departure of three other partners from the office in recent months, is connected with its proposals to merge its profit centres in the spring. Some form of national profit centre merger has been […]

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