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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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DLA Direct axes chief exec to boost performance

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The Gambling Bill may give the green light for regional casinos, but gaming companies will still have to overcome a raft of legal hurdles. By Simon Ricketts The Gambling Bill will soon be considered by the Parliamentary committee, having completed its Commons stages on 24 January and having received a second reading in the House […]

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The insurance industry has been hit hard in the aftermath of 11 September, the Asian tsunami and US class actions, giving Converium’s legal team some tough challenges. By Joanne Harris It has been an interesting year for insurers and reinsurers across the world. First came hurricanes sweeping the Caribbean and Florida, leaving a swathe of […]

Treasury Solicitor picks 12 firms for new panels

The Treasury Solicitor’s Office has unveiled two new legal panels as it reviews the way it provides services to clients. Both panels will run for three years initially. The Lit Cat (Litigation Catalogue) panel focuses on debt recovery, following the closure of the Treasury Solicitor’s own debt recovery team. Hugh James Solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, Lester […]

How to get your women back

Businesses need women and women want to work. So what’s the problem? By Elaine Aarons The character of Lynette in Channel 4’s Desperate Housewives will strike a chord for many women in the legal profession. Why did this highly qualified woman give up her successful career to stay at home and look after the children? […]

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