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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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Legal aid fees frozen

The Lord Chancellor has frozen lawyers’ fees for criminal legal aid work in the magistrates’ court for the fourth year in a row. Lord Irvine also warned yesterday that payments made to barristers may be slashed, claiming they are “excessive” compared with those made to other publicly-funded professionals. He says: “I am considering whether fees […]

The full legal Monte Carlo

It was a meeting of some of the biggest movers and shakers in the profession, a chance for leading in-house counsel and private practice lawyers to hammer out the issues that count and forge valuable business links. Anne Mizzi reports on the key debates heard at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo ’99 conference. Laurence Harris, […]

Athlete Wins Undisclosed Libel Damages From BBC

Javelin star, Fatima Whitbread has won undisclosed damages from the BBC over defamatory comments made about her on comedy show, They Think It’s All Over. Whitbread’s lawyer, Graham Atkins, an associate with Campbell Hooper, secured damages and an apology from the BBC in an out of court settlement. The action arose after two of the […]

Andersen merger to form German giant

THE GERMAN arm of Andersen Legal is set to merge with a corporate firm to create a top 10 law firm in the country. The merger between Andersen Legal firm Andersen Freihalter and Hamburg-based practice Luther & Partner will come into operation on 1 January. The 50-partner firm will be called Andersen Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft. Stefan […]

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