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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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Dibbs unrest spurs IT head into talks with Arnheims

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s head of IT, David Barrett, is understood to be in talks to take his core IT team to another firm – believed to be Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co. As The Lawyer revealed last month, the firm’s London office has already lost three partners, two associates and four assistants in […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Sameer Tapia

Sameer Tapia was born in Bombay, India, in 1970. He is an advocate and an associate at Singhania & Co in London, a full-service international firm specialising in Indian law. What was your first job? Canvassing for an election campaign. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Not worth remembering. What would you […]

Japanese accolade

Trainee solicitor Jason Daniel of Simmons & Simmons was one of 50 guests with connections with Japan who met the Emperor and Empress of Japan with Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street on 28 May. Daniel was recently awarded first prize in the 1998 Sir Peter Parker Awards for spoken business Japanese.

Barristers splinter from top criminal set

Leading criminal set 3 Gray’s Inn Square has been hit by the departure of its third most senior tenant, who has left with the senior clerk to form an as yet unnamed breakaway set. Former Bar Council member Nadine Radford and senior clerk Graham Islin left Rock Tansey QC’s set two weeks ago, with junior […]

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