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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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In brief: The National Farmers' Union

The National Farmers’ Union has cut back its legal panel to nine law firms from 69. Firms left on the panel include Morgan Cole and Bond Pearce. The NFU has also launched a legal service centre to help its 135,000 members get quicker access to advice. The union is employing 12 legal advisers to help […]

Norton Rose to advise on solicitor insurance

Norton Rose has been appointed by the Law Society to advise on a new solicitors insurance scheme. The firm will look at legal issues underpinning the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), which the Law Society plans to scrap next year. The City firm won a Law Society beauty parade for the lucrative work. James Bateson, a […]

Case of the week

Microsoft v the US Department of Justice. Hordes of bemused spectators heard the closing arguments of a titanic struggle between the world’s largest software company, headed by Bill Gates (pictured) and the US government, which is accusing Microsoft of being a monopoly, of increasing costs for the consumer, and of curbing industry innovation. Presiding judge, […]

£1m-a-year QC defects to rival set

David Oliver QC, one of the “million-pound-a-year club” barristers, is leaving 13 Old Square to join premier company set Erskine Chambers. Oliver, who has been a tenant at 13 Old Square – where his father also practised – throughout his career will join Erskine Chambers on 1 October. The loss of Oliver will be a […]

Stephenson Harwood on standby for Nationwide

Stephenson Harwood is being put on hold by first time client Nationwide over its plan to sue Barclays. The firm had been fighting Nationwide’s corner in a dispute over Barclays’ proposed £1 charge to non-customers for use of its cashpoint, which the bank plans to introduce next month. Nationwide gave Barclays until 23 September to […]

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