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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: Wragge & Co welcomes new associate

Jane Pittaway, former managing partner at Fox & Gibbons’ Dubai office, has joined Wragge & Co as an associate in the commercial group. “Using my connections throughout the Middle East countries, I hope to be able to open a few doors for Wragge & Co clients,” she said.

LAG unveils web site at 25th birthday party

THE party continued on into cyberspace for the Legal Action Group (LAG), which celebrated 25 years of cam- paigning last Friday with the launch of an Internet site and electronic legal services network. The organisation’s web site and an Internet database of legal groups around the world, were due to be unveiled during celebrations at […]

A foreign approach to legal aid

John Malpas looks at the recent outrage in the press over foreigners receiving legal aid EVEN for such a highly emotive topic as legal aid, things are getting rather out of hand at the moment. Last Wednesday a front-page lead in The Guardian reported “outrage” at the fact that a fraud case taking place in […]

Texas firm sizes up London with view to setting up shop

Leading Texas firm Baker & Botts is “evaluating” the legal marketplace in London with a view to opening an office in the capital. It is understood the move was prompted by the firm’s Moscow office, where Russian clients are keen to have access to Western markets. Baker & Botts, a 394-lawyer commercial firm, has offices […]

Fat cats and doormats

I am not a lawyer but unfortunately have experience of the legal profession. Recent reports of Lord Irvine’s comments on “fat cat” barristers really rings true when you become entangled in the legal system. If the other side have top legal counsel you have to do likewise. If you do not, you are at an […]

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