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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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A misplaced judgement

RE: Judge Attacks Barristers Without Law Degrees (The Lawyer, 9 June 1998). Mr Justice Lightman’s attack on barristers without law degrees (and by implication, solicitors) is as surprising as it is ill-considered. I can only guess at the reaction to his comments within the Patent Bar, whose members appear in front of him on an […]

Small firms lose out in SIF contributions

SMALL firms, which already face a massive hike in their Solicitors Indemnity Fund contributions due to risk banding, will have to pay out even more money, according to figures published last week. The figures, released by the society’s deputy vice-president Robert Sayer, show that a new method of calculating firms’ contributions will hit smallest firms […]

Booth forces Bar Council to back down over suspensions

LEGAL advice from Cherie Booth QC has forced the Bar Council into an embarrassing climbdown over its plans to suspend barristers who have requalified as solicitors. About 400 dual-qualified barristers were suspended on 1 May and told they must refer to themselves as “suspended from practice as a barrister as a result of becoming qualified […]

Financing

Sidley & Austin advised lead manager JP Morgan and trustee Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York on the £300m securitisation of a portfolio of mixed consumer loans by Paragon

Court makes intentions clear

Irvine pledges to go all the way with audience rights “There are no “no go’ areas in the Government’s determination to modernise our country,” proclaims the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper on rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation. Noting that the 1990 Courts and Legal Services Act has led to only 624 solicitor-advocates in […]

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