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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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Commons call for partners to disclose their annual earnings

Partners in law firms will be required to disclose their earnings and provide personal financial guarantees to creditors, a powerful Commons committee is proposing. The Trade and Industry Committee’s report on the Limited Liability Partnership Bill recommends that measures to protect creditors of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) should be stronger than those for a partnership […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith litigation partner John Reynolds, is understood to be joining US firm McDermott Will & Emery at its new London office.

Freshfields hit by £1m claim for negligence

FRESHFIELDS is being sued for more than £1m for alleged negligence. Frizzell Financial Services has issued a writ against the firm claiming breach of contract and negligence. It is the second writ to be issued against Freshfields in less than a fortnight. Reuters is also suing the firm – for alleged breach of duty, as […]

Redundancy looms for law centre seven after budget cut

BRENT Community Law Centre and the borough’s two Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) are on the verge of closing, leaving seven lawyers facing redundancy. The centre claims the £300,000 cuts in advice service grants by Brent Council will leave the London borough with no independent advice service from April. It is vowing to fight the closure […]

Hardwicke set finally lands director

TWO OF the biggest sets of chambers in the country, Hardwicke Building and St Philip’s Chambers, have landed a new chambers director and chief executive respectively. Leading London set Hardwicke, with 73 tenants, has struggled to find a replacement for Tony Wells – now chambers director at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square – since his departure […]

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