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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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HSF partners face imminent vote on pay structure

Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) partners are set to green light an aligned remuneration system by the end of December, ending months of discussions over a combined structure. Insiders have told The Lawyer that a final partner vote is due to take place “before Christmas” with the new structure – on track to be a hybrid of […]

Time for Europe’s independent firms to shine

A couple of weeks ago a group of senior in-house and private practice lawyers gathered around a table at Trowers & Hamlins in London and talked Europe. The group were in the final stages of judging The Lawyer’s European Awards 2014. After sifting through the entries and engaging in some serious debate about their merits, […]

Getting personal on PI

The Jackson Reforms are beginning to bite. Several firms have offloaded their claims groups to larger players, as it becomes increasingly challenging to make personal injury work pay. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Morgan Cole offloads claims group to DAC Beachcroft and BLM Walker Morris to close PI business putting 48 roles […]

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