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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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Northern Bar Masonic Lodge has most judges

The Northern Bar Masonic Lodge, which covers the Northern Circuit of Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, contains the highest number of practising barristers and sitting judges – 33 and 10 respectively – out of the five lodges associated with the Bar, according to statistics released recently by the Home Affairs Committee. Previous figures from the committee […]

Two more lawyers quit Mishcon de Reya

In a double blow to Mishcon de Reya, its commercial partner Paul Millett is leaving to join Finers, while its part-time banking consultant and former partner Stephen Davis is moving to Stephenson Harwood. Millett, who is still negotiating his departure date, said he could not comment on the reasons for his move, but added: “I […]

Ernst & Young sued over Law Society of Upper Canada's massive indemnity deficit

Ernst & Young is one of five firms being sued in Canada by the Law Society of Upper Canada over alleged mistakes in the calculation of the profession’s spiralling indemnity insurance deficit. The society, which covers the province of Ontario, is claiming C$110m (£48m) following the alleged miscalculation of the deficit being carried by the […]

Election 97: The Contenders

The Key Player Lord Irvine of Lairg A virtual certainty to be the next Lord Chancellor if Labour triumphs, Lairg has the respect of the legal community. Lord Irvine was pupil master to Tony Blair and his future wife Cherie in 1976-77. A talented QC and head of 11 King’s Bench Walk, he has never […]

In brief: Leeds practice liable to Building Society

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Leeds firm Ian Brill & Co, which acted for a man who sold his house without his wife’s knowledge, is liable to the Bristol & West Building Society for breach of warranty of authority. Lords Justice Staughton, Waller and Waite upheld a Leeds District Registry decision. The ruling […]

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