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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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In brief: Gateley Wareing appoints club director

Midlands firm Gateley Wareing has appointed Aston Villa Football Club finance director Mark Ansell as a consultant to the firm. Ansell, who will take a non-executive role, will join Birmingham quantity surveyor Frank Graves, who took up a similar job 18 months ago. Both men will assist staff and clients in dealing with cases, and […]

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High street solicitors morale is at a low ebb after the Cardiff speech but, says Henry Hodge, the profession can bounce back. Henry Hodge is senior partner at Hodge Jones & Allen and deputy chairman of the Legal Aid Board. There is lots of doom and gloom on the high streets as the legal aid […]

In brief: Hoon to speak at LAG conference

Solicitors will get an early opportunity to hear the Governments response to the storm of criticism that has followed the announcement of its legal aid and civil justice reform plans at a one day Legal Action Group conference. Geoff Hoon, Parliamentary Secretary in the Lord Chancellors Department, is one of the speakers at the event, […]

Did Clifford Chance go a partnership agreement too far?

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