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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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US lawyers believe that introducing a public defender system in Britain would be a mistake, writes Morag Preston. Nobody is surprised when the UK takes its lead from the US. British pubs, shops and television channels have all been revamped the US way. Now it is the turn of the British justice system. But some […]

Simmons bins salaried partner concept

Simmons & Simmons has taken the unusual step of abolishing the concept of salaried partners and has brought all its 50 or so salaried partners into the profit-sharing pool. One source claimed Simmons had asked a dozen partners to leave in the run-up to the restructuring, but chief executive Alan Morris denied this. The restructuring […]

A set with vision needs a professional IT eye

About a year ago Hardwicke Building recognised the need to have its own in-house IT manager. The set wanted to improve internal communications to encourage mutual support and the cross-fertilisation of ideas – two of the main reasons for having a large multidisciplinary set. And, with more than 70 tenants and 20 support staff, it […]

Holiday crash claim

Holiday company, Inspirations East, of Isleworth, Middlesex, faces a major damages claim by the victims of a road crash in Kenya two years ago. The crash happened while the claimants were travelling to Mombasa airport. They claim the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the company’s driver.

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