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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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SJ BERWIN is preparing to launch a legal action on behalf of investors in collapsed merchant bank Barings which could in part be defended by Barings administrators. Slaughter and May, the administrators’ main lawyers, may be asked to defend the action. However, Ashurst Morris Crisp, brought in by Slaughters because of potential conflicts arising from […]

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Manches & Co acted for JPI Investments in its exchange of contracts for a major lease reorganisation at Apex Tower, New Malden. BAeSEMA, a subsidiary of British Aerospace and SEMA Group, agreed to take an overriding lease on the 15-floor block.

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BIRMINGHAM firm Martineau Johnson has launched an Automotive Group in celebration of the centenary of the UK car industry. The group, which brings together lawyers from different disciplines with expertise in the motor sector, will provide a specialist service for the industry. Members will deal with issues including trade marks, design rights, dealer franchising and […]

Pick of the bench

Robert Walker QC’s elevation to the bench was a loss, but an inevitable one, as he was well-respected and admired as a silk. Chancery practice, although drier, is one of the more cerebral, academic and fascinating areas of the law. It tends to attract a particular talent and demands a different approach. The barristers in […]

On the debt trail

An improved version of the legal profession’s most widely used debt recovery and arrears management system has been launched by AIM Law Data. Debtco Progression is a workflow-based product intended to be used for pre-litigation procedures. It can take control of the arrears management pro-cess from the moment a debt shows up on the ledger.

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