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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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Hewitson Becke + Shaw

Recruitment is the name of the game at Hewitson Becke + Shaw. The current figure of 51 partners and 150 fee-earners is set to rise by at least 20 per cent, most likely 50 per cent, in the year ahead.`Managing partner Alan Brett refers to a “tidying up” exercise which has seen the loss of […]

Secret Service documents to be released

Dechert is to ask the Treasury Solicitor to hand over secret service documents relating to the prosecution of the former director of Ordtec John Grecian, who is suing Customs & Excise for more than £1m in damages for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.`Dechert senior assistant solicitor Lawrence Kormornick will bring the case after […]

Reforming the classes

In February 2001, the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) issued a consultation paper called ‘Representative Claims: Proposed New Procedures’. The proposal has been issued in line with the Government’s aim to improve access to justice.`In private law cases, claimants must show that they have a legal right that they are seeking to enforce. But in public […]

Beachcrofts' Birmingham office lands city council advisory role

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ Birmingham office has been appointed to a new role working alongside the City Council’s strategic procurement services division.`Beachcrofts will provide the department with specialist legal and strategic advice and will work on specific projects on an outsourcing basis.`The team also expects to be assisting the department in meeting the requirements of best value. […]

Bond Pearce and Cartwrights merger to create £30m firm

Cartwrights to hive off insurance litigation team as Berrymans Lace Mawer waits in the wings Bond Pearce and Bristol-based firm Cartwrights have announced plans to merge from 1 July, but will spin out Cartwrights’ insurance litigation practice as an independent partnership.`The firms have been discussing a merger since December 2000. Cartwrights managing partner Christopher Eskell […]

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