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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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Improve complaints system or lose self-regulation, threatens Abraham

THE LEGAL Services Ombudsman Ann Abraham has given the legal profession until the end of the year to get its complaints handling right. Launching her 1997 annual report, Abraham warned the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) and the Bar Council’s new complaints system still had a “long way to go” before they could […]

Fair comment

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square Your light-hearted article in Tulkinghorn (The Lawyer, 16 June 1998) “Light father/ light son” was, underneath the irresistible tease, also light on factual accuracy. Serle Court Chambers has prided itself for years on its […]

SIF condemned by large firms

NOT a single large commercial firm wants to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), according to a survey of the top 1,200 firms conducted by The Lawyer in conjunction with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The damning verdict on SIF – which is contained in this year’s The Lawyer/Pricewaterhouse Coopers Financial Management in Law Firms survey – comes […]

A&O focuses on "staying ahead'

ALLEN & Overy has appointed a new IT director and a partner in charge of knowledge management in the second major shake-up of its back office in less than six months. Under the changes – which bring to a speedy close an experiment to job-share the firm’s IT director post – Nick Taylor-Delahoy, IT manager […]

Ferry insurance qualification

The rights of insurers to side-step claims tot-alling US$1.8m, in respect of operational damage after a main bearing failed on a car ferry, will be scrutinised in the High Court. In a case which will centre on the definition of an “accident” under marine insurance policy terms, the Black Sea and Baltic General Insurance Co […]

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