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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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Married illegal immigrant not to be expelled R v Secretary Of State For The Home Office, Ex Parte Urmaza. QBD (Sedley J) 11/7/96. Summary: Decision to remove illegal immigrant married to a woman settled in the UK for five months before enforcement action was taken against him, quashed. Application by a Filipino seaman who had […]

Legal aid fee plans get thumbs down

The legal profession has reacted angrily to the Lord Chancellor’s proposals to introduce standard fees for civil legal aid cases, accusing the Government of seeking justice on the cheap. Under the proposals published last week, standard fees would apply for family and domestic violence work carried out by litigating solicitors and all civil legal aid […]

Philadelphia phone lawyers go on call

OPPENHEIMER Wolff & Donnelly has become only the fourth US firm to form an association with an Italian practice. The 200-attorney firm has offices in Brussels and Paris and an association with a Dutch practice as well as offices all over the US. It has now linked with four-partner Pisano De Vito Maiano & Catucci […]

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Intrepid solicitor Jenny Harris raised £3,000 for a South African school after this hair raising tandem parachute jump over Salisbury Plain. The money will go towards a project to provide a new community hall at Rorke’s Drift Shiyane Secondary School in South Africa. Confirming that she has no fear of heights, Harris, a family law […]

Double the rewards?

Firms involved in international trade, mergers and acquisitions work are increasingly opting for lawyers who can relate to clients from both sides of the Atlantic. Although dual qualification allows a lawyer to understand the legal and cultural aspects of the case in both countries, achieving it involves a great deal of work and determination. Jonathan […]

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