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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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Treasury Solicitor picks 12 firms for new panels

The Treasury Solicitor’s Office has unveiled two new legal panels as it reviews the way it provides services to clients. Both panels will run for three years initially. The Lit Cat (Litigation Catalogue) panel focuses on debt recovery, following the closure of the Treasury Solicitor’s own debt recovery team. Hugh James Solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, Lester […]

Cobbetts partner made honorary German counsul

Cobbetts partner Mark Green has been appointed as the German honorary consul for Manchester. The role means that Green is the principal contact for German citizens in the Manchester region seeking consular assistance. He will also represent German business interests in the area. Green qualified as a ‘Rechtsanwalt’ in Germany in 1996, and is already […]

Landing a hand

The UK Government has introduced a new tax regime in response to a lack of clarity concerning real estate derivatives contracts. Ian Johnson and Paul Miller report The last 20 years has seen an explosion in the volume of equity and foreign exchange derivatives traded, but as yet the use of traded real estate derivatives […]

Heatons appoints new managing partner

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner. Fleetwood, who has been with Heatons throughout his entire legal career is taking over from David Beech. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (14 March) Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During Beech’s […]

The work-life quiz

Stephen McNulty, head of commercial property, Burgess Salmon What was your first ever job? Assistant on a ‘Test Your Weight’ machine at Southport fair. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Mistaking the shredder for a photocopier and destroying a root settlement deed. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find […]

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