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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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LAB accelerates move to criminal block contracting

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, will next month ask the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to draw up plans for exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid – even though pilots of it have only just begun. The LAB closed negotiations with firms taking part in the two-year criminal block contract pilot on 31 May, although […]

Jilted Wilde Sapte receives offers from Andersens' rivals

Wilde Sapte has been approached by three big six accountancy firms and three “perfectly credible law firm suitors” since its talks with Andersens failed, according to managing partner Steve Blakeley. Blakeley e-mailed all his staff last week to reassure them. He said: “Now the Andersen deal is over it might be easy for us to […]

Law centres rap Govt plans for funding community legal service

New Labour’s plan to use savings from legal aid for its much-heralded nationwide community legal service has been attacked by the law centres bidding to be at the core of the new service. Delivering a speech at the Law Centres Federation (LCF) annual reception for MPs at the House of Commons last week, LCF chairman […]

Chancery lane's dream team?

As ballot papers go out for another Law Society election, the Lawyer begins its election coverage by looking at the current state of the Law Society and asking whether Michael Mathews, Robert Sayer and Kamlesh Bahl can turn the society around. They make an odd alliance and appear the most unlikely of reformers. But Michael […]

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