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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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SIF condemned by large firms

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In brief: Linklaters partner count reaches 212

Linklaters has made up 25 new partners, bringing its total to 212. They include three new recruits who were partners in rival firms. Insolvency partner Tony Bugg was poached from Dibb Lupton Alsop last October, where he headed the insolvency practice; securities specialist Richard Hughes was recruited from Herbert Smith; and Piphob Veraphong, made a […]

Strategic decisions

Patrick Stewart says that the shift towards a more business-oriented legal market has increased the competitive pressure on Australian firms. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. At the start of the year, Arthur Andersen threw down a challenge to Australia’s legal establishment when it announced plans to expand its ranks of lawyers from 90 to […]

Significant progress on pro bono front

Clifford Chance’s expected appointment of a full-time administrator to co-ordinate its pro bono programme is a further positive development on the pro bono front. Lovell White Durrant has already taken a similar step with its recruitment last year of a lawyer in this area of practice, while Linklaters is planning a similar appointment in the […]

Dead end to the conveyancing high street

Too little, too late could be the epitaph on the solicitors’ conveyancing gravestone as big firms muscle in on the act, reports Shaun Pye Hambro Countrywide Estate Agents has not set up a volume conveyancing centre in Bournemouth. But the town’s high street firms should not rest easy. One month ago Hambros told its local […]

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