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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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Angry CPS lawyers threaten strike

A ONE-day strike and a ban on overtime are being considered by CPS lawyers as a way of demonstrating their “loss of confidence” in the management of the service. The move follows the publication in last week’s issue of the The Lawyer of details of a CPS management paper detailing a series of radical options […]

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Rachel Browse, a trainee solicitor with Barnett Alexander Chart, has stormed her way through a Gladiators competition, beating her opponent by 22 points to three. Browse competed live in front of 8,000 people at Wembley arena on 14 April. “It was a great experience. I kicked arse,” she said. “It’s easy to sit on the […]

In brief: Dentons talks tackle UK insurance

City firm Denton Hall is holding a seminar on 25 April to look at the UK insurance market’s approach to claims compared with that of other European Union members. Speaking at the seminar will be Gerald Kamphuisen, an insurance partner with Dutch firm Houthoff and a member of the the Denton International Group of law […]

PIA comes under fire over review advice

Lawyers and the Personal Investments Authority, the financial watchdog, have clashed over the mis-selling of personal pensions in the 1980s. Disagreement has surfaced because life companies have been told by the PIA that investors pursuing litigation against them need not be included in an industry-wide compensation review. The review was ordered last year by the […]

In brief: City firms plan 'strategic' merger

City firms Charles Russell and Compton Carr are to merge on 1 May, in a move described as “strategically driven”. The Compton Carr specialisations of media and entertainment, medical negligence and commercial property law will combine with the practice groups at Charles Russell. Leading entertainment lawyer Brian Carr, who joins the firm as a partner, […]

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