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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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Nauta Dutilh chairman Henri Ophof has resigned along with managing partner Job van der Have. Both leave the firm less than a year after the elections, citing personal differences as the reason for their departures. Van der Have was re-elected as managing partner, but Ophof did not stand, and was replaced by Johan van Marwijk-Kooj, […]

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All ten Deacons’ partners have voted to join Minters. Offers have been made to the 90 legal and support staff also based in the office. The personnel will join Minters’ four partners and 30 support staff. Deacon’s Canberra chairman Russell Miller will become national head of Minters’ government group. The office will be second only […]

Lord Chancellor slams legal aid lawyers

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs select committee, Lord Irvine said that lawyers ” cannot go on living their lives being paid by the hour on a taxi meter”. He said it is “pretty outrageous” that criminal legal aid cases swallowed up 46 per cent of the legal aid budget and sent an ominous […]

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