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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: Brighton walks off with first Lexcel award

The Law Society has awarded its first ever Lexcel quality mark to Brighton & Hove Council’s legal team (pictured above (l-r) Claer Lloyd Jones, Charlotte Snazell,John Heys, Bob Bruce and Alex Bailey). The award – which recognises adherence to the society’s practice management standards – was made after a two-day inspection.

Merger forms Durham giant

Seven-partner, five-office Durham firm Blackett Hart & Pratt has merged with four-partner Walton Hardy & Clough to form one of County Durham’s largest practices. Partner Karen Thompson has also joined as a lateral hire from Newcastle’s Deas Mallen Souter, and will do financial services work. Former Blackett Hart assistants Ursula Collie, Catherine Shewan and Annabel […]

War of the words

French plans to regulate MDPs have a sparked a debate between lawyers and accountancy firms which could lead to all-out war, reports Richard Tyler. Wherever you encounter the debate, the subject of lawyers and accountants working together has always been prickly. But in France, famed for its red-blooded defence of traditional working relationships, the exchange […]

Ambitions on an Olympic scale

Neil Gerrard At 16, Neil Gerrard’s ambition was to hold the world record for the triple jump. Shaun Pye finds that, as a lawyer, he is no less determined to be the best. Not many lawyers can claim to have run the 110m hurdles in 14.03 seconds or to have been embroiled in street battles […]

Finers joins Lawrope as UK representative

West End firm Finers has replaced Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer as the UK member of Lawrope, a network of firms who refer work between themselves and do joint venture cross-border work. Finers joined Lawrope after Harris Rosenblatt severed its ties with the network following its merger with Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn earlier this year. […]

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