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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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John Lewis marketing blunder acts a sore reminder to follow protocol

The news that John Lewis has been ordered to pay damages to an individual who received marketing emails without having consented to receiving them is a stark reminder of the financial fallout that can result from a lack of due diligence in this area – something which law firms especially should not be falling foul […]

Wragge automotive consultant discusses topic of EU membership

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has announced the appointment of business and automotive expert David Bailey as a consultant to the firm’s automotive sector group — one of the law firm’s priority sectors. This month, Bailey discusses the important topic of European Union (EU) membership — a subject that will become even more important as US/EU free-trade […]

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For every new business model success story there’s a disaster. As more firms contemplate more efficient working structures, here’s how to avoid the pitfalls What will the legal market look like in five years’ time? According to management consultancy OMC Partners, by 2019 every firm in the UK 100 – those with a turnover of […]

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Osborne Clarke sees tech and telecoms heads quit for Fieldfisher and Reed Smith

Osborne Clarke’s head of technology Mark Webber and head of telecoms Angus Finnegan have both left the firm, moving to Fieldfisher and Reed Smith respectively. Finnegan was recruited by Osborne Clarke in 1998, after working opposite the firm’s former head of IT and telecoms Simon Rendell on a deal. He arrived after spending four years […]

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