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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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Housing lawyers slam Funding Code

The Legal Aid Board’s approach to housing repair claims is “fundamentally misconceived” and contrary to the Government’s wishes, says the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HPLA). The Legal Aid Board’s new Funding Code appears to accept the local authorities’ claim that money spent on legal costs means less money will be spent on other areas of […]

Partners on the move

Cheryl Ronaldson is leaving Clifford Chance to join the insurance group at Norton Rose. Ronaldson specialises in corporate and regulatory insurance and has experience working for Lloyd’s on a variety of matters. She is the second partner to join the group this month, with Susan Dingwall leaving her post as head of reinsurance at Dibb […]

In brief: Wilde Sapte

Wilde Sapte has closed a major PFI and DBFO deal in two months. The firm has been advising the Welsh Office on the design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) of the 19.25 mile A55 extension across Anglesey, due to be open to traffic in 2001. The £170m deal has taken just over two months to […]

'Stop whingeing and get your house in order', says Woolf

THE Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has hit out at critics of his civil justice reforms and told the legal profession to “put its house in order” in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer. The Government is due to publish the rulebook this week, which will outline radically different procedural rules and practice directions […]

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