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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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By Stephanie Brobbey It is reported that George Osborne is considering imposing capital gains tax (CGT) on foreign property owners in an attempt to curb soaring house prices in and around the capital. The new development would follow on from a series of changes affecting property ownership and taxation introduced by the chancellor in last […]

Execution of documents: FAQs

Walker Morris is regularly asked about the formalities of executing documents. The following are 10 of the most frequently asked questions. Firstly, which documents must be executed as a deed? A deed must be used in the following: transfers of real estate; leases of real estate (subject to some exceptions, e.g. leases for a term […]

Walker Morris achieves rankings in 27 practice areas in 2014 Chambers & Partners

Walker Morris has been ranked in 27 practice areas in the 2014 edition of Chambers & Partners. These include five UK-wide rankings for administrative and public law, education, local government, PFI/PPP and retail. In addition, the law firm picked up new rankings for its specialist areas of professional negligence, social housing and education. Walker Morris […]

Asia moves: 4 November

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. Australia Gilbert + Tobin has hired two senior partners from DLA Piper’s Melbourne office, banking and finance partner Tony Holland and project finance partner Damian McNair. The firm has also appointed special counsel Luke Westmore, who joins from […]

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HMRC’s general counsel Anthony Inglese to retire in January

One of the government’s leading lawyers, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) general counsel Anthony Inglese, is to retire. Inglese has headed the 200-strong legal team at HMRC since March 2008 having spent his entire 38-year legal career in public service, after joining the civil service in 1975 to train as a barrister. Before taking up […]

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