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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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David McIntosh, President of the Law Society

The Law Society Council has indeed decided that it is time to make sure it raises the resources it needs to be a model and modern regulator through the practising certificate fee.The fact that a postal vote was called for the 26 members of the profession – and not 90, as your article (‘City faces […]

London pulls away from regional law firms with assistant salary increases

Regional firms are being left behind in the salary wars, according to a new survey commissioned by The Lawyer. The latest survey by TMP QD Legal shows the UK legal market remaining buoyant, with most rises above the rate of inflation. However, the London salary hikes have not been matched in the regions.TMP director Will […]

News in brief

A round up of stories from the UK and around the world DLA’s Manchester office has been raided by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of an investigation into one of its long-term clients. The SFO left DLA’s office early on Tuesday morning (7 August) carrying computer equipment and more than 100 boxes of […]

Paul Newman, Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors

As a barrister employed within solicitors’ private practice, I read your front-page feature in the 7 May issue with interest.Following the bar rule changes, I have regained full rights of audience in the courts and currently have a pupil barrister working with me. Now restored to the ranks of the practising bar, albeit not in […]

Steptoes acts on tallest sale in Wales

Newly-merged transatlantic firm Steptoe & Johnson Rakisons has acted on the £17m acquisition of Wales’ tallest office building for the Raven Property Group.Raven bought 25-storey Capital Tower in Cardiff from the Dartmoor Limited Partnership. Dartmoor is a joint venture set up by GE Capital and Portfolio Holdings to develop and sell Capital Towers and other […]

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