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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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Herbies former advocacy chief Rosen to join 4 New Square

Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) former advocacy head Murray Rosen QC is to join 4 New Square in September. Rosen joined legacy Herbert Smith in 2005 from 11 Stone Buildings to launch its advocacy unit (21 March 2005). He led the development of the team alongside Ian Gatt QC who joined the firm from Littleton Chambers […]

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Bond Dickinson, DWF added to new Suffolk Life panel Scotland and Northern Ireland

British pensions administrator Suffolk Life has appointed Bond Dickinson, DWF, Curle Stewart, Tughans and Wilson Nesbitt for Scotland and Northern Ireland with immediate effect. Suffolk Life expanded its panel to enhance buying and selling commercial property within their self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) in Scotland and Northern Ireland, having received positive feedback after the launch of […]

Plastic bag levy may help focus consumers’ minds on recycling, says Eversheds

Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech. According to Grimes, recent figures from the government show that, despite all the efforts of councils and businesses, the annual recycling rate in England has remained level at just under 40 per cent […]

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