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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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AIM takes on Ushers in £0.5m rescue deal

Linda Tsang reports TOP legal software supplier AIM has acquired the business of financially troubled Scottish systems company HG Usher in a £0.5 million deal. Both companies had been working together in the LawDesk Consortium which pooled their research spending. A leading Scottish supplier, Ushers also has a significant market share south of the border, […]

SCB chief announces plans to quit amid furore over reforms

SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe says that she knew she was writing herself out of a job when she drew up plans to reform the bureau. Lowe has told staff she expects to resign in summer 1996 with the conclusion of the Law Society’s two-year review of the bureau, which she believes will require […]

Mackay's plans: what lawyers think

Why the change? The system is failing because “clients and money are directed to solicitors” leading to court-based lawyer-led services. Solicitors are able to run cases the way they want which is “often not the way that either the client or the Legal Aid Board would choose”. The cost of legal aid is rising at […]

Midlands firm 'wired'

Linda Tsang reports Midlands firm Edge & Ellison has joined Clifford Chance, Denton Hall, and Jeffrey Green Russell, on the Internet. The move is believed to be the first by a Midlands-based legal practice. Senior partner Digby Jones says: “More and more of our clients are now established on the Internet, so it made sense […]

Building societies attack retainer plan

Building society chiefs are set to provide more quality work to corporate law firms while continuing a tough line on poor standards, negligence and fraud among conveyancers. And Law Society efforts on default issues are seen as protectionist attempts to preserve work for an over-populated profession. Building Societies Association (BSA) deputy director general Ron Armstrong, […]

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