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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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Law Society must make amends for SIF debacle

FINALLY it seems that the Law Society has bowed to the inevitable by conceding that law firms should be allowed to purchase their indemnity insurance on the open market. Yes, on paper a compulsory mutual solicitors indemnity fund could be better for the profession as a whole. But what the society has only just realised […]

In brief: Senior clerk to chair marketing seminar

The Lawyer is holding an evening seminar. “Marketing Your Chambers” takes place on 19 November at the Inner Temple, London. The seminar will be chaired by Paul Shrubsall, senior clerk at 1 Essex Court. Contact Steve Warshall on 0171 970 4713.

Only a matter of time until the “club of five' takes hold

The table of profits published last month in The Lawyer underlined the massive and growing difference in size, income and profits between the top five UK firms and the rest. There has long been a Big Six group of accountancy firms that dominate the audit market. It has now become the Big Five. There is […]

In brief: Young Solicitors Group demands court rights

The Young Solicitors Group has called for automatic accreditation for higher court rights for all solicitors when they qualify. Chairman Richard Moorhead has written to the Law Society proposing it drop its “costly and complex” plan for elective courses.

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