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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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Sinclair Roche appoints new Far East partner

CITY firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley has appointed a new head of its pioneering Far Eastern operations. Finance and banking partner Ian Gaunt, who moves from London to Hong Kong, will co-ordinate the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Hanoi – where Sinclair Roche & Temperley was the first UK firm to open […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 08/11/94

PAUL IAN ANDREWS, 41, admitted 1977, practised as Symons, Croydon, Surrey, fined u2,000 and ordered to pay u650 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client money for own purposes, failed to deliver accountants reports on time, failed to comply with solicitors investment business (SIB) rules. Andrews in his submissions to tribunal accepted he had acted “extremely […]

Bar Council sets 10% fees cap

THE BAR Council has set a cap on barristers’ conditional fees at 10 per cent even though the Lord Chancellor will allow a maximum of 100 per cent. The cap was set as part of the Bar’s draft terms of engagement for counsel. To protect the public, the Bar is also likely to propose that […]

Memorial service for Denton Hall partner

A memorial service for Denton Hall partner Andrew Nitch-Smith will be held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street at midday on Wednesday 16 November. Nitch-Smith, one of the firm’s leading litigation partners, died on 30 April this year aged 41.

UK firms soar into top 10 list

SLAUGHTER and May and Freshfields have soared into the list of the world’s top 10 law firms. Last year Slaughters had 581 fee earners and was the world’s 18th largest firm, according to International Financial Law Review. This year the publication reports that the firm has 692 and is ninth in the table. Freshfields increased […]

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