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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: The Channel Islands'

The Channel Islands’ largest law firm, Jersey-based Mourant du Feu & Jeune, has appointed the Treasurer of the States to act as its group finance director. George Baird has been treasurer since 1991, and as such his signature appears on every Jersey bank note printed for circulation. He will join the firm in June.

Trowers & Hamlins raises Oman stakes

CITY firm Trowers & Hamlins is moving to bigger offices in Oman as competition in the Gulf hots up. The move comes as Baker & McKenzie announced plans to open an office in Bahrain, as exclusively revealed last week in The Lawyer, and Denton Hall this week opened for business in Dubai. Nick Hills, Trowers […]

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Court of Appeal to decide the fate of unqualified assistants

A CLIENT who refused to pay a firm after he discovered an unqualified clerk was handling his case last week took his fight to the Court of Appeal. If he wins the case, it could have serious ramifications for unqualified assistants in law firms. Stuart Pilbrow claims that when he contacted East Grinstead firm Pearless […]

City demands opt-out measures

City lawyers are now demanding changes to SIF and are calling for measures which may effectively allow them to opt out of the fund altogether. Law Society president, Michael Mathews – who voted to scrap SIF – says he wants the monopoly to look at more flexible “deductibles”. A deductible is a set amount a […]

Scuffle of the week

US lawyer Michael Bidart is considering suing Richard Huber, the chief executive officer of Connecticut healthcare company Aetna, after Huber referred to him as a “skilful, ambulance-chasing lawyer”. Huber made the comments after losing a case and being ordered to pay US$120m to one of Bidart’s clients. Bidart says ambulance-chasing is “tantamount to unethical conduct. […]

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